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Honeymoon is over, says CPI

NEW DELHI: As tension between the Left and the UPA simmered on the India-U.S. nuclear deal issue, the Communist Party of India on Thursday said the “honeymoon is over” and issued a terse warning to the ruling coalition saying it would not hesitate to “file divorce papers” if it comes to that.

“Irreconcilable”

The two points of view (that of the Government and the Left) on the India-U.S. deal were “irreconcilable,” CPI general secretary A.B. Bardhan told Times Now TV news channel adding that Prime Minister Manmohan Singh made a statement on the issue in Parliament because there was a difference of opinion.

“Now, the difference is that the honeymoon period is over ... It is only a question of filing divorce papers if it comes to that end.

“The Prime Minister knows it and he is the one person who knows it,” Mr. Bardhan said.

He said the Left has the right to pull down the Government any time if it feels that the coalition was not serving its purpose.

“ ... some people think that he [Dr. Singh] should not have made [that statement]. But I think he made it deliberately and he understood it fully well.” — PTI

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