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'Drop nuke deal if UPA-Left panel says so'

india Updated: Mar 08, 2008 21:36 IST

The CPI (M) on Saturday said the government should take the next step on the Indo-US nuclear deal only on the basis of the UPA-Left Committee's findings and should drop it if the panel does not approve it.

"The talks are going on even today in Vienna. Whether our concerns will be addressed in these talks will be known only when this Committee meets again.

"The UPA has agreed in writing that the government will proceed on the basis of this Committee's findings. If the Committee says it (deal) is not correct, then the government has to follow it," CPI (M) Politburo member Sitaram Yechury told reporters on the sidelines of the party Central Committee meeting in New Delhi.

He said even some of the UPA partners felt the "Left concerns are genuine" and these parties wanted them to be addressed.

"The government feels the deal is in the national interest, but we feel it is not. Now the talks are on (at the IAEA in Vienna). Whether our concerns would be addressed at these talks will be known only when the Indian team returns," Yechury said in reply to questions.

Asked about CPI General Secretary AB Bardhan's threat to pull out support if the government went ahead with the deal, he said, "Our agenda is the nuclear deal and not the stability of the government or an early or late election. That is for the government to decide."