We want govt to last full term: Bardhan
CPI General Secretary A B Bardhan says that the Govt can wait for three to four months to move the IAEA to get the safeguards agreement ratified.delhi Updated: Jun 25, 2008 23:18 IST
Maintaining that the government could wait for three to four months to move the IAEA to get the safeguards agreement ratified, a top Left leader on Wednesday night said that the Congress-led UPA coalition would have to decide whether or when they wanted to quit power.
"We don't want a split. We want this government to last its full term. It depends on the government. We are not withdrawing support. If they want to fall, it is their choice," CPI General Secretary A B Bardhan said after the crucial meeting of the UPA-Left Committee on the nuclear deal.
Refusing to single out Prime Minister Manmohan Singh for the impasse, he said "I must say that leaders of the Congress in particular and the UPA in general are not taking into account that if they break now, it would have very far- reaching consequences.
"It would help the communal forces and the BJP. They can't go to polls with 12 per cent inflation. They should realise this best," Bardhan told NDTV.
Observing that the government could wait for more time before going ahead with operationalising the deal, he said the Left parties have also pleaded with the UPA to wait. "What is the hurry about it?"
Describing the meeting as "volatile", he said the government could "delay going to the Board of Governors (of IAEA). It is not necessary that they go in the next week or the next months ... Or even three to four months."
Asked whether any "compromise formula" was possible, the veteran communist said there was no such formula as "a guarantee given by the allies cannot become a compromise formula as it does not bind the government.
"Government has not come out with a categorical statement. So, where is the compromise," he said.
He further said that the Left leaders have made it known that an assurance should come either from the head of the government, that is the Prime Minister, or the head of the UPA Sonia Gandhi.
"Allies giving an assurance or underwriting a guarantee does not mean anything," he added.