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'Left to withdraw support if N-deal done'

Left parties on Friday again made it clear that they would withdraw support if the government proceeded with operationalising the agreement.

india Updated: Oct 05, 2007 20:08 IST

Hours ahead of their meeting with the UPA on the Indo-US nuclear deal, Left parties on Friday again made it clear that they would withdraw support if the government proceeded with operationalising the agreement.

"The question is whether India goes ahead with (operationalising) the agreement. Then we will have to see. If they proceed, we have already made it clear that our support will no longer be there," CPI(M) Politburo member Sitaram Yechury told reporters in New Delhi.

His remarks came amid a series of strong statements on the issue made by the Left leadership in the past few days.

Regarding Friday's meeting of the 15-member Left-UPA Committee, Yechury said the government has responded to their concerns. "We have studied their note and on that basis, we will place our views at the meeting," he said.

The CPI(M) leader said he hoped that these discussions between the Congress-led coalition and its outside supporters would continue.

Warning that the Left support could not be taken for granted by the UPA, CPI General Secretary AB Bardhan had said there were indications that the government would go ahead with operationalising the deal. No reconciliation could be possible unless it puts the deal on hold, he said on Thursday.

Yechury, in an editorial in the CPI(M) organ "People's Democracy", also said "surely, no one can expect it to support this UPA government, which is in violation of the CMP, is pursuing to continue the direction of India's foreign policy that was begun in the first place by the BJP-led NDA government."