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JASWANT SINGH BJPs leader in the Rajya Sabha versus V. K. MALHOTRA BJP's deputy leader in the Lok Sabha
"The process of strategic co-operation with the US was started by the NDA. We are happy with the development."
"The Government has succumbed to pressure. By signing the nuclear deal, India has been made a client state of the US."
EPILOGUE: More proof that in the BJP, the left hand doesn't know what the right is up to.
"The present government is thinking that without America nothing can be done. They are completely altering what Nehru did."
Jyoti Basu, veteran CPI(M) leader
"Ideology has no space in electoral politics. This is only a seat-sharing arrangement for the elections."
Vaiko, MDMK general secretary
"The chapter on Lalu in school textbooks is an example of shameless sycophancy."
Brishen Patel, HRD minister
"The Bofors scam of Rs 57 crore is peanuts before the Sripada Sagar irrigation scam."
N. Chandrababu Naidu, TDP president
"I firmly believe Sourav Ganguly will overcome all his deficiencies and return to the Indian team. No one can stop him."
Sharad Pawar, BCCI president
THE BUZZ OF THE WEEK
At least one "secular" MP who sat on the steps of Parliament and hurled abuses at George W. Bush was seen at the dinner hosted by President A.P. J. Abdul Kalam at the Rashtrapati Bhavan for the visiting US head of state.