Left parties want NDA oil contracts to be probed

New Delhi, Nov 18 | Updated: Nov 19 2005, 06:35am hrs
In an apparent move to ease pressure on the government on the Volcker controversy in Parliament next week, Left parties on Friday sought to bring the previous NDA regime into the ambit of investigations being conducted by the justice Pathak inquiry authority on the issue.

There are certain large oil contracts taken up during the previous (NDA) government which are outside the purview of the inquiry ordered by the government. These should be brought within the ambit of the inquiry, CPI-M general secretary Prakash Karat told reporters following a meeting of Left parties this afternoon.

Though the meet had been called to chalk out the Left stand in the coming session of Parliament, the focus apparently revolved on how to manage the contradictions between the Left and the UPA on the Iran issue. When asked about talk of an pact being reached between the government and the Left, Mr Karat said, We await the government stand. Depending on their stand, the matter will be taken up in Parliament.

Mr Karat also said that the Left parties will push for the passage of Womens Reservation Bill in the coming Parliament session. The Left-UPA co-ordination meet is expected to take place on Monday, where the issue of Iran will come up. It is learnt that the government and its supporting allies, the Left parties, will come to an amicable solution that wont embarrass the government in Parliament.