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CPI to examine N-deal proposal if UPA puts forward

The CPI asks the UPA government to refrain itself from forging ahead with the Indo-US civilian nuclear deal, saying the move will prompt immediate general elections.

india Updated: Jun 24, 2008 16:56 IST

The Communist Party of India (CPI) on Tuesday asked the United Progressive Alliance (UPA) government to refrain itself from forging ahead with the Indo-US civilian nuclear deal, saying the move will prompt immediate general elections.

"Instead of giving the text of the pact and relevant information to the UPA-Left committee, the government seems to be in a hurry to move ahead with the agreement," said CPI General Secretary AB Bardhan.

He said the government had clarified that it would give the text to the committee and proceed on the basis of its findings and conclusions.

Bardhan asked UPA chairperson Sonia Gandhi to take into account the feelings of alliance partners and stop the government from going ahead with the deal. "But if they (UPA) are so keen about bringing their own fall, how can we prevent it?"

Accusing the UPA government of violating its common minimum programme, Bardhan said the Left parties will never compromise on their stand to oppose military and strategic partnership with the United States.

Asked what the government could do without the Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) and Left parties, he said that External Affairs Minister Pranab Mukherjee had said that a minority government cannot sign the nuclear deal.

Bardhan said the Manmohan Singh government should set its priority on fighting soaring inflation. The CPI's suggestion to cut taxes and not raise oil prices has gone unheeded, he said.

Though forward trading has stopped in eight commodities, it continues in more than 25 other articles, said Bardhan.