Nandigram, N-deal to rock Parliament
Following the Left’s reported willingness to let the Centre talk to the IAEA on India-specific safeguards, the Govtis keen to set off with the N- deal at the outset itself, reports Saroj Nagi.delhi Updated: Nov 14, 2007 03:26 IST
THE CONTROVERSY over the India-US civil nuclear deal, the bloodshed in Nandigram and Narendra Modi’s role in the post-Godhra riots in view of the forthcoming Gujarat Assembly polls are likely to turn Parliament’s winter session into a stormy affair. The session will last from November 15 to December 7.
Following the Left’s reported willingness to let the Centre talk to the IAEA on India-specific safeguards, the government is keen to set off with the nuclear deal at the outset itself. But that is unlikely to happen.
While the Lok Sabha is expected to be adjourned on the first day because of the death of a sitting BJP member, V.K. Khandelwal, the Trinamool Congress, BJP and Bengal Congress leaders are likely to raise the Nandigram issue immediately after that.
“The twin facts of the Centre sending CRPF forces and the Governor expressing concern over the developments in the area describing it as a “war zone” show that it is no longer a state issue or merely a law and order problem,” said a Congress leader ready to counter the argument that a state issue cannot be raised in the House.
If Nandigram takes centerstage at the beginning, the debate over the nuclear deal would have to be squeezed in before Prime Minister Manmohan Singh leaves for his foreign trip from November 20-26 or would have to take place after he returns.
Meanwhile, the Prime Minister, Congress president Sonia Gandhi and Union Minister Pranab Mukherjee met Left leaders Prakash Karat and A.B. Bardhan, at a high-level meeting on Tuesday. After the meeting Karat hoped that “something will come out” of the talks with the UPA.