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N-Bill: CPI(M) asks Centre to clearly state foreign suppliers' liability

india Updated: Aug 08, 2010 22:01 IST

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The CPI(M) on Sunday wanted the Centre to clearly spell out the foreign suppliers' liability in the proposed legislation on civil nuclear liability.

"We are awaiting the Parliamentary Standing Committee's report on the nuclear liability Bill. We have to see what the Standing Committee recommends in its report and how the Centre acts on it. But it will not be acceptable to the Left parties as well as some other parties if there is no liability on part of the foreign suppliers," CPM general secretary Prakash Karat said on Sunday.

The Bill in its present form did not clearly ascribe any liability to foreign suppliers, he charged.

"There should be liability on part of the operators in case of any disaster but the foreign suppliers should also be made equally liable," he told reporters on the sidelines of the CPM's Extended Central Committee meeting.

Karat expressed confidence that the current UPA government would last its full five-year term.

"We are not expecting any drastic changes and hence the government should live its full term," he said.

The general secretary said the CPM would continue to fight on the price rise issue both independently as well as with other parties.

But there would not be any joint fight with the National Democratic Alliance on the issue, he asserted.

Karat noted that forging a "third alternative" was "not an immediate proposition" for the CPM.

"The third alternative can't be set up purely as an electoral combination or a post-election combination. We may enter into electoral understanding with some parties but that will not be a third alternative. Tie-ups with other parties will depend on the situation," he said.

Replying to a question, he ruled out any understanding with regional parties for the elections in West Bengal and Kerala.

Asked why was the CPM not encouraging younger leadership while other parties were doing so, Karat quipped: "We are all senior citizens in the party."

CPM AP secretariat member Y Venkateswara Rao and senior leader Ch Babu Rao were also present.