AICC spokesman Mohammad Shakeel Ahmed described the reports as untrue, and said: “There is no such thing. Such kind of speculation should not be there. The prime minister has full backing of the party, of the Congress president and of the UPA allies.” Earlier, reports had said that the prime minister had conveyed an ultimatum to Sonia that if the deal was not concluded, he would prefer quitting from the office.
The reports had come against the backdrop of hectic parleys among the leaders of the UPA as well as between the UPA and the Left after the sudden postponement of the UPA-Left meeting scheduled for June 18 by a week.
Sources close to the prime minister had been quoted as saying that he had made up his mind in this regard.
Meanwhile, party sources hinted that a Congress Working Committee could be convened soon to analyse the situation and ask Sonia and the PM to devise a strategy to take the issue to a conclusion.