WASHINGTON  - Reminding India that time is running for US -India nuclear deal, Washington has said every single day New Delhi delays on implementation of the agreement makes it more difficult to get it done. The US State Department said the two countries are in contact on the latest efforts towards resolution of Indian internal political differences halting progress on the civilian deal that would give India access to U.S. civilian nuclear technology. "We are talking to them about it in as much as we are - they are briefing us on their efforts.  I think it's more they're coming to us to say this is what we're trying to do to resolve internal political differences that are holding up the deal moving forward, Spokesman Sean McCormack said. Besides overcoming internal political differences, India has to deal with an international nuclear suppliers group as well as work with International Atomic Energy Agency for oversight of some of its facilities before the agreement is implemented. "And every single day that the Indian Government delays and has delayed is a day that makes it much more difficult to get this done," the spokesman pointed out. The Bush Administration wishes to see the deal implemented before the end of George Bush's presidential term in about six months. "All of that said, you know, we'll of course continue to work very closely with Senator (Joe) Biden, chair of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, as well as others on that Committee, should the Indian Government get to a different place, McCormack added. AFP adds:  India's finance minister warned on Saturday against "panic" and promised more measures to tame prices, a day after the country's inflation rate shot to a 13-year high. "We should not give room for panic. We should take steps to quell inflationary expectations," said Finance Minister Palaniappan Chidambaram after meeting the head of India's central bank to discuss steps to tame inflation. Data on Friday showed annual inflation in the world's second fastest-growing economy jumped to 11.05 percent for the week ended June 7 from 8.75 percent a week earlier, stunning economists who had expected it to be in single digits. The rate, which sparked headlines in Saturday's newspapers such as "Double-digit shock" and "It Hurts", was driven by a sharp rise in state-set fuel prices and rises in basic foods. "We expect the RBI (Reserve Bank of India) to take some monetary measures," Finance Secretary D. Subba Rao told reporters separately in the capital. "Demand management has to be part of the solution and the first line of defence is monetary policy action," Rao said, without elaborating. Rao said the govt was sticking with its economic growth forecast of 8.5 percent for the current fiscal year to March 2009, down slightly from last year's 9.0 percent, "for the timebeing." But he said if it came to a trade-off between taming inflation and boosting growth, priority would be given to checking prices, which is seen as hitting India's poor the hardest. Some economists believe growth could be as low as seven percent in this fiscal year. Analysts say the Congress-led government had little left in its fiscal arsenal to fight inflation it has already banned exports of staple foods to boost supplies and lower prices. India is also a victim of global forces with international commodity prices surging and oil costs doubling in the past year. The latest price rise has come as a heavy blow to the government which desperately wants to curb prices, fearing a voter backlash in national elections due by May 2009. Rao said RBI Governor Y.V. Reddy held "detailed discussions" with Chidambaram and later met Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, who was finance minister in a previous Congress government when inflation was last at double-digit levels in 1995. Several economists have forecast that a half point rise in the central bank's leading short-term lending rate, the repo, along with other aggressive credit-tightening measures possibly within a few days. Congress ally quits over high inflation AFP NEW DELHI - An ally of India's coalition government on Saturday withdrew its support to protest high inflation, adding to the woes of Premier Manmohan Singh, under fire from leftist partners over a nuclear deal. Schoolteacher-turned-politician Mayawati, who uses one name, announced she was ending her backing for Singh's Congress party-led government after accusing the coalition of failing to insulate the poor from spiralling prices. "The Congress party has neglected poor workers as well as the Dalits (low-caste Hindus) and so my Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) is withdrawing support from the government," said Mayawati in Lucknow, capital of Uttar Pradesh state. "This government has failed miserably to check inflation and the rise in prices of essential commodities especially food items and is pursuing policies which are not in the interests of the people," she said. Mayawati, chief minister of Uttar Pradesh, also cited alleged neglect by Congress of her BSP-led provincial administration. The BSP, which has 17 MPs, had given outside support to the United Progressive Alliance (UPA) government since it swept to power in 2004. The BSP's move will not topple the minority government. But it comes at a time when 59 communist MPs have threatened to withdraw their support over a civilian nuclear energy deal with Washington and force early general elections. The government argues that the deal, which would give India access to the worldwide civilian nuclear energy trade even though it has not signed global non-proliferation pacts, is crucial for the country's energy security. Mayawati's move came a day after inflation shot to its highest level in 13 years, accelerating to 11.03 percent from 8.75 percent a week earlier after a hike in state-set fuel prices. The rise in inflation has hit India's poor the hardest. Some political analysts, however, suggested Mayawati's departure could help the beleaguered prime minister. "This withdrawal of support by Mayawati may draw other regional parties to help the prime minister out of his troubles" since they are reluctant to face early polls, said Anand Ojha, a political scientist at Delhi University. General elections are due by May 2009. The Samajwadi (Socialist) Party, which is at daggers drawn with Mayawati, refused to support Congress after it swept into power but might now have a change of heart, Ojha said. He noted that the party, which has 39 MPs, had shown signs of warming up to Congress. Mayawati's announcement came after India's Finance Minister Palaniappan Chidambaram promised more measures to tame prices. "We should not give room for panic. We should take steps to quell inflationary expectations," he said after meeting India's central bank chief to discuss steps to check inflation. Several economists have forecast a half-point rise in the central bank's leading short-term lending rate along with other aggressive credit-tightening measures, possibly within a few days.