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Left refuses to budge on nuclear deal

PTI  New Delhi, August 20, 2007
First Published: 12:02 IST(20/8/2007) | Last Updated: 16:44 IST(22/8/2007)

The CPI(M) on Monday struck to its stand that the government should keep the Indo-US nuclear cooperation agreement on hold till its objections are "properly evaluated".


After a meeting with External Affairs Minister Pranab Mukherjee, CPI(M) leader Sitaram Yechury made it clear that there was no change in the stand of the Left parties and the situation was as it is.

"The situation is where it is. We have not heard anything about the Committee (to go into the Hyde Act and its implications on the 123 agreement)", Yechury said after meeting Mukherjee, who is playing the role of a trouble shooter.

The CPI(M) leader said that the Left parties told the government to keep the whole thing on hold till their objections were "properly evaluated".

Yechury's meeting with Mukherjee assumes significance as the Left parties are meeting this evening to study the response of the government on their ultimatum regarding the nuclear deal.

The CPI(M) leader's statement appears to show that there was no immediate end in sight to the stand-off between the Left parties and the government despite the UPA's declaration that it would address their "legitimate concerns".

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