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NDA was first formed in 1998 and came to power in 1999, under the leadership of Prime Minister Shri Atal Bihari Vajpayee. It again sought the mandate in 2004. However, it lost to the Congress-led alliance, which formed the United Progressive Alliance (UPA), under the Prime Ministership of Dr. Manmohan Singh.

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NDA is an alliance involving various national and regional political parties led by the BJP to form the government. The political parties currently a part of NDA are- Bharatiya Janata Party, Samata Party, Shiv Sena, Biju Janata Dal (BJD), DMK , Telagu Desam Party (TDP), Indian National Lok Dal (INLD), Lok Shakti Marumalarchi Deravida Munnetra Kazhagam (MDMK), Akali Dal Arunanchal Congress (AC), Pattali Makkal Katchi (PMK), Jantrantrik Bahujan Samaj Party, Loktrantik Congress. 


The BJP today said the Indo-US nuclear deal needs to be renegotiated, overturning the impression that the party was softening its stand. (Bjp Roots For Nuke Rethink , Telegraph, Correspondent or Reporter, Nov 08, 2007)

The Indo-US nuclear deal should be renegotiated, said the BJP on Wednesday, ending speculation that the party was willing to help the government push it through. (Renegotiate Nuclear Deal, Says Bjp, Hindustan Times, Shekhar Iyer, Nov 08, 2007)

BJP president Rajnath Singh believes that direct intervention by the US in the form of negotiations with Indian political parties over the civilian nuclear agreement proves the UPA did not bother to do its homework and take Opposition. . . (Upa Has Ignored Opp On N-Deal , Pioneer, A N Sudarsan Rao , Nov 08, 2007)

Inaugurating a federalism conference in New Delhi on Monday, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh complained that regional parties and those with narrow, "regional and sectional loyalties" tended to distort the "national vision". (Divide And Rule, Pioneer, Editorial, The Pioneer, Nov 07, 2007)

When India blasted its way out of nuclear ambiguity on May 11-13, 1998, and caused a major setback to the US non-proliferation policies, the US reaction was immediate and severe. (Strategic Aspect Of N-Deal, Tribune, Editorial, The Tribune, Nov 07, 2007)

US ambassador David Mulford today met Yashwant Sinha and Jaswant Singh, who had served as foreign ministers during the BJP-led NDA regime, to assuage the party’s concerns on the nuke deal. (Mulford In Deal Push , Telegraph, Correspondent or Reporter, Nov 06, 2007)

As the President summoned the Winter session of Parliament for November 15 on Monday, the Opposition BJP gave notices for a discussion on the Indo-US nuclear deal under rules 184 and 193. While rule 184 warrants voting, rule 193 entails just a discussion. (Bjp Gives Notice For Vote, Debate On N-Deal In Winter Session, Indian Express, Pradeep Kaushal, Nov 06, 2007)

Two such broad discernible principles of law are declared: loss of majority support to a government has to be tested only on the floor of the House and dissolution of the Legislative Assembly is to be resorted to only after the Presidential . . . . . . (Let Governors Assess Reality , Deccan Herald, K N Bhat, Nov 05, 2007)

My guest this week is Brajesh Mishra, former National Security Advisor, former principal secretary to the prime minister, and the chief architect of India’s new strategic positioning in the post-Cold War world. (‘Upa Talked To Me On N-Deal But I Said Go To The Politicians As Talks Between Politicians Are Talks Between Equals’, Indian Express, Editorial, Indian Express, Nov 05, 2007)

The CPI(M) has announced that it is set for a debate, but not voting. But what will its argument be based on? (Debating Points, Pioneer, Correspondent or Reporter, Nov 05, 2007)

The CPI(M) has announced that it is set for a debate, but not voting. But what will its argument be based on? (Debating Points, Pioneer, G Parthasarathy, Nov 03, 2007)

The suggested parliamentary debate on the 123 agreement will be among the most important discussions held in Parliament in Independent India. It will be a test for all political parties in terms of their approach to India’s national interest. (Coming Up: Floor Test, Indian Express, K. Subrahmanyam, Nov 03, 2007)

In introducing a Bill to check organised crime in her state -- when passed, it will be called the Uttar Pradesh Control of Organised Crime Act (UPCOCA) -- Chief Minister Mayawati has taken a step towards fulfilling a key election promise. (Maya Versus Mafia, Pioneer, Correspondent or Reporter, Nov 02, 2007)

The Nitish Kumar-led Bihar Government on Thursday suffered a major embarrassment when a bahubali Janata Dal (U) legislator brutally assaulted some TV journalists at his official bungalow. (Jd(u) Mla Assaults Journalists , Pioneer, Amarnath Tewary, Nov 02, 2007)

In a show of affinity with its NDA ally, the Janata Dal(U) has strongly pleaded the BJP case in Karnataka and has demanded that the Governor invite BS Yediyurappa to form the Government in the State. (Sharad Backs Bjp-Jd(s) In K'taka, Pioneer, Correspondent or Reporter, Nov 02, 2007)

The last two times I had made an educated guess about elections — first,when I expected the Mamata Banerjee-led coalition to gloriously dislodge West Bengal’s Left Front government in 2001; second, when I thought that the NDA would return to . . . . (Gather Round That Totem Pole, Hindustan Times, Correspondent or Reporter, Nov 02, 2007)

Janata Dal (United) president Sharad Yadav on Thursday demanded a discussion on the Indo-US nuclear deal. The government did not take the political parties or Parliament into confidence on a deal that commits the country to the US for the . . . . . (Jd(u) Calls For House Debate On Nuke Deal, Asian Age, Correspondent or Reporter, Nov 02, 2007)

Sections of the media have discerned a softening in CPI(M) general secretary Prakash Karat’s stand on the nuclear deal. (Complex Manoeuvres Over The N-Deal , The Economic Times, Editorial, Economic Times, Nov 02, 2007)

Politicians with a tainted past continue to dog the NDA government desperate for a clean image with Janata Dal (U) MLA Anant Singh being arrested for assaulting mediapersons seeking his reaction to allegations that he may have had . . . . . . (Murder Cloud On Mla, Telegraph, Correspondent or Reporter, Nov 02, 2007)

Echoing the BJP line, the JD(U) has said it is in favour of a debate on the Indo-US nuclear deal in both Houses of Parliament in the winter session, slated to get underway from November 15. (Jdu Toes Bjp Line On Nuke Deal, Indian Express, Correspondent or Reporter, Nov 02, 2007)


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