Deal put on hold, says Left

Written by AM Jigeesh | New Delhi, Aug 30 | Updated: Aug 31 2007, 04:48am hrs
Flush with the sensation of having had their way with the government, Left parties on Thursday said that the 123 agreement has been put on hold and that its operationalisation would not take place until the political mechanism looked into concerns which they had raised on the deal.

Decoding the statement put out by the government that the operationalisation of the deal will take into account findings of the proposed committee to be set up jointly by the Left and UPA, Left leaders said that it's implicit that the deal will not be put into operation.

The deal is on pause. This is what the statement means," said senior CPI(M) politburo member and chief interlocutor from the Left Sitaram Yechury. When asked about the details of the mechanism, he told FE that We are working on it. It will be UPA-Left mechanism. Sources in the Left said that the proposed mechanism will be consisting of six members from the Left. All of our members in the UPA-Left coordination committee will be part of the joint mechanism, a senior Left leader said. At present Prakash Karat, Sitaram Yechury, AB Bardhan, D Raja, Debabrata Biswas and Abani Roy are representing the Left in the panel. Indications are also there that one member each from the DMK, RJD and NCP will be part of the mechanism. Sources also added that September 30 will be the deadline for the mechanism to come up with its report.

The mood in the Left camp was upbeat by the afternoon when the draft copy of the statement was sent to all Left allies. However, the Left sees no reason to cancel the agitations and protests they have planned against the deal. It will continue as per the schedule, Yechury said. The CPI(M) has already prepared campaign materials against the nuclear deal and sent it to all state units.