Asserting that he was “not worried” by the political crisis that has threatened the survival of his government, Manmohan Singh said his government was “equipped” to deal with any contingency. But he did not “foresee election before its time”.
He was speaking to media persons on board the special aircraft flying him Japan to attend the G8 summit in Hokkaido island.
A relaxed prime minister, combative at times, spoke with complete self-assurance even when countering pointed questions as he faced the media soon after taking off on an eight-and-a-half-hour flight to Sapporo in the northern Japanese island of Hokkaido, the venue of the G-8 summit.
He said he was hopeful the Left would still come on board, insisting that the deal was in national interest and necessary for the country’s long-term energy security.
Asked what he would tell US President George Bush, who is among the many world leaders he is meeting during the next two days, Manmohan Singh said: “I will tell him what I have always told him… that we remain committed to the civil nuclear cooperation agreement.
“It has been my effort to push the civil nuclear cooperation agreement and the government remains committed to it.”