Unease in Congress over Indo-Pak joint statement

Written by Political Bureau | New Delhi | Updated: Jul 22 2009, 03:47am hrs
Giving a fresh lease of life to speculation of differences in the Congress on the joint statement of Prime Minister Manmohan Singh with his Pakistani counterpart in Egypt last week, party insiders said on Monday that the statement may not have been drafted properly.

Sometimes it happens that we mean to say one thing, but the words mean something else, a senior party leader said.

The party leader sought to equate the controversy over the joint statement with the furore over Rita Bahuguna Joshis comments in UP. The intention of the UPCC chief was to speak in favour of women and Dalits, while using the example of the chief minister. However, the her language was misinterpreted, he said.

Prime Minister Singh and the government have come under attack from the Opposition in Parliament over the alleged de-bracketing of terror and talks.

On Monday, party spokesperson Abhishek Singhvi refused to give the party's stamp of approval to the joint statement. There is no need for any endorsement. If you need any further clarification, go to the government of India he responded.