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Left to take independent stance on N-deal

CPI (M) Gen Secy Prakash Karat says it is unlikely that they will react before 24 hours to the N-deal draft, reports Sutirtho Patranobis.

india Updated: Aug 03, 2007 21:43 IST
Sutirtho Patranobis

The Left parties may take an independent view on the Indo-US civil nuclear deal, the details of which were made public on Friday.

The four parties, however, reserved their comments on the deal for the day, saying that they were studying it and would only comment on it after examining the fine print. Prakash Karat, CPI (M) general secretary, told Hindustan Times that it was unlikely that they would react before 24 hours.

``Nothing (no reaction) before 24 hours. It in fact might take longer than that because the deal would have to be closely examined. The other parties would also be consulted,’’ Karat said. Karat told a news agency that the Left parties are meeting formally on August 7 and that there was a possibility that a Left reaction would come only after the meeting.

They might also been meeting the Government for another round of talks on the issue, CPI’s D Raja told a news agency.

Though the apprehensions raised by the Left parties in Parliament last year seem to have been addressed in the deal, it is unlikely that they would accept it entirely. It was learnt that Left’s reaction would be a ``studied’’ one and might surprise those who are expecting that the Left parties would welcome the deal without a murmur.

A critical reaction also seems to be on the cards keeping in mind CPI (M)’s stringent opposition against the Indo-US naval exercise – along with Australia and Japan – slated to take place off the coast of Visakhapatnam in September.

When the four parties meet on August 7, they would also be chalking out plans of holding two protest rallies in the coastal town of Andhra Pradesh against the exercise. The two protest rallies would simultaneously begin from Thiruvanthapuram and Kolkata and merge in Visakhapatnam.

The Left parties are against any joint exercise with US armed forces. Most recently, they had protested against the docking of the US nuclear-powered warship, Nimitz, saying it was compromising India’s independence in foreign policy.