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Mulayam uses Iran to retain muslim votes

Thursday 9 February 2006

NEW DELHI: The unwritten consensus for keeping foreign policy out of domestic political competition has collapsed and a significant section of the political class has begun efforts to use it for furthering their votebank politics.

Mulayam Singh Yadav,who is sensing an opportunity in the Iran issue to consolidate his party’s standing among the minority community, has said that his party was planning a no-confidence motion against the UPA government for voting against Iran.

The UPA government, which has concluded that Iran’s decision to resume its nuclear fuel cycle programme is dangerous for India’s security interests, has made it clear that it won’t allow political considerations to cloud its strategic thinking. But with hard-line Muslim opinion, mobilised by the SP and Left leaders, treating the vote against Iran as a challenge to the Islamic world, the issue has the potential to generate disaffection for the Congress.

See online : The Economic Times

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