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N-deal: Left divided on resolution in Parliament

india Updated: Jul 27, 2006 19:07 IST

Left parties were on Thursday divided on bringing a resolution on the Indo-US nuclear deal in Parliament with CPI(M) sticking to their demand while CPI distancing itself from any such move.

Wanting Parliament to send a strong message that there can be no shifting of goalposts and that India cannot be bulldozed, CPI(M) Polit Buro Brinda Karat said it is this sentiment that has to be conveyed to the world.

Government can choose its language. But the sentiment of the country should be reflected in the House. A statement must be issued on the behalf of the government, which will be a unanimous statement by all parties, she said.

Taking a divergent view, CPI leader Gurudas Dasgupta said it would be "politically wrong" to have a joint resolution with BJP on this issue.

The Prime Minister should make a statement in the House removing all misgivings in the minds of the people and taking cognisance of the concerns of the Left parties, which provide key outside support to the government, he said.

The Left reaction came a day after Defence Minister Pranab Mukherjee gave a veiled threat that a joint resolution would spell the end of the government.