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UPA political partners not for early elections

UPA political partners not for early elections Top leaders of the constituent parties of United Progressive Alliance (UPA), Nationalist Congress Party President Sharad Pawar, Rashtriya Janata Dal chief Lalu Prasad Yadav and Lok Jan Shakti leader Ram Vilas Paswan on Monday opposed an early general election and told chairperson Sonia Gandhi that efforts should be made to break the deadlock on the India-U.S. nuclear deal between the government and the Left through dialogue.

Ms. Gandhi initiated the process of consultation with major allies, who said they backed the nuclear deal but did not favour sacrificing the government for it, as the time was not conducive because of the present high inflationary trend.

Later, Communist Party of India (Marxist) general secretary Prakash Karat met Mr. Pawar at his residence.

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