If Left leaders needed to demonstrate their intransigence on the nuclear question, CPI (M) General Secretary Prakash Karat did so convincingly on Thursday by bluntly stating that the Left parties “would not be there to help the UPA government conclude the nuclear deal with the US”.
“We are not asking the government to abandon the deal. We just want the government to wait for some time. Consider our objections and let Parliament opine on it,” Karat said at a conference in New Delhi.
The Left parties will submit a five-page note on the Hyde Act’s implications on the 123 Indo-US nuclear agreement to the UPA-Left political committee on Friday. The note was prepared by a group of experts headed by former director of the Atomic Energy Regulatory Board, A Gopalakrishan. The contents of the note were finalised in a meeting of the four Left parties on Thursday. <b1>
CPI general secretary, AB Bardhan said the note spelt out the Left’s specific objections to the Hyde Act. “They (representatives of government in the committee) are expected to reply to the note by September 17 (Monday).” The second meeting of the 15-member UPA-Left panel is slated for September 19.
Earlier, at a conference organised by former prime minister VP Singh, Karat criticised the government for its “insistence and hurry” to proceed with the deal, bypassing Parliament.