CPI(M) to watch if govt stays N-deal operationalisation

Kolkata, Sep 29 | Updated: Sep 30 2007, 07:51am hrs
The CPI-M on Saturday said it would watch, if the UPA government stayed the operationalising of the Indo-US civil nuclear deal that might have serious implications. We will see if the government is going to stay the operationalising of the N-deal because it will have to go through the nuclear safeguards, talks at the IAEA meeting and receive assurance of fuel supply from the Nuclear Supply Group (NSG), the partys central committee member Nilotpal Basu said.

Emerging from the first day's session of the CPI(M) central committee meeting, Basu said if the deal was operationalised, What should be our energy policy, foreign policy, strategic considerations These have to be addressed. The CPI(M) leader said that as a fallout of the operationalisation of the deal, Our reprocessing right is subject to amendment by American laws. We are upset that the partys stand is being projected as a Left-UPA spat.

To a question if the issue of communalism could pre-empt softening of the CPI(M)s stand on the N-deal, he said, I cannot speculate and tract concessions from the US on the issue. It is a question of the attitude of the government. Sanctity of the Prime Ministers assurance to Parliament is more important.

PTI