Barbs against the Left parties and its leaders were replaced by cautious statements on the Union Government’s readiness to address their genuine concerns over the Indo-US civil nuclear deal by Minister for Science and Technology Kapil Sibal in Bangalore on Tuesday.
“We are confident of convincing them. They are all reasonable men. We are willing to address the genuine concerns of the Left,” Sibal told a news conference here as he spoke of the UPA government’s commitment to execution of the deal with the United States.
He said, “Clearly, the Left’s opposition to the 123 agreement is for oppositions’ sake. If they have a hidden agenda, the people of this country must know it. We want to work with the Left and provide a stable government till its full term. We are not violating any coalition dharma. By clinching the nuclear deal, the UPA government and Prime Minister Manmohan Singh have not violated the Common Minimum Programme (CMP).”
Sibal posed a set of questions for the Left parties on the nuclear deal: (1) How do any of the provisions of the 123 Agreement impinge on India’s sovereignty, (2) What is it in the strategic relationship between India and the United States that impinges on India’s sovereignty (3) Which of the terms of the 123 Agreement impact India’s right to take independent decisions in relationships with other countries, (4) Why are we better off without the Indo-US deal than by taking it forward.