"Tell us the deal is off." That is the kind of statement the Left parties are looking for when they meet UPA leaders for talks on the Indo-US civil nuclear agreement on October 22.
CPI general secretary AB Bardhan on Saturday said the Left could not wait indefinitely for the government’s response and the Centre should formally tell them the deal is “off”.
“We do not know exactly what the UPA representatives will tell us. But what we expect is they should clearly say the deal is off or that it has been put on hold. Only then the controversy will end,” PTI quoted Bardhan as saying.
He said the government has taken cognizance of the Left stand that the deal should not be operationalised till their concerns have been addressed.
“If the government feels it is not a one-issue government, then it should not make it the sole issue for deciding its fate,” he said, referring to Prime Minister saying his was not a one-issue government at the HT Leadership Summit last week.