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US Cong nod to n-deal: CPI says nothing to celebrate

With the US House of Representatives approving the Indo-US nuclear deal, the CPI says that there was nothing to celebrate.

delhi Updated: Sep 28, 2008 11:08 IST

With the US House of Representatives approving the Indo-US nuclear deal, the CPI on Sunday said there was nothing to celebrate and that Prime Minister Manmohan Singh is answerable to the country as America is consistent in keeping its position very clear.

"There is nothing to celebrate. The apprehensions expressed by Left parties have come true," CPI National Secretary D Raja said.

Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and his team were "desperate" to somehow get the deal pass through the US Congress, he said.

"The Prime Minister will be answerable and accountable. On the other side, the US has been very consistent to keep its position very clear and categorical," he said.

After a lot of drama and suspense, the House passed the Bill on the deal on an unusual extra day of sitting yesterday with bi-partisan support but a considerable number of Democrats voted against it.

The Berman Bill HR 7081, named after Howard Berman, a Democrat strongly opposed to the deal on non-proliferation grounds and who converted only a couple of days ago, was adopted with 298 voting for and 117 against.