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N-deal: UPA-Left committe to meet on Tuesday

india Updated: May 04, 2008 10:23 IST

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The UPA-Left Committee on the Indo-US nuclear deal would meet in New Delhi on Tuesday with the Left parties, providing outside support to the Congress-led ministry, sticking to their guns and the government saying it would seek the sense of Parliament on the matter.

At their meeting on May six, the UPA and its Left supporters are slated to discuss the state of government's negotiations with the IAEA on an India-specific safeguards agreement for implementing the nuclear deal.

"We will consider what the government will report to us on its talks with the IAEA. On that basis, we will take the issue forward," a senior Left leader told PTI when asked about the stand they would take at the upcoming meeting.

Asserting that the Left opposition to the Indo-US nuclear deal continued, he said the government was committed to consider the findings of this Committee while taking the next step on the nuclear deal.

After the last round of UPA-Left meeting on March 17, the Left parties and the government have been exchanging notes on related issues, but no details are available.

Though Left leaders have refused to divulge details about these exchanges, informed sources said these related to several political and technical matters like uninterrupted fuel supplies.

Left sources said the government had sent some information on the nuclear issue and they have reiterated their objections to operationalising the deal.

The Left has been opposing the deal on the grounds that conditions laid down by the Hyde Act would impinge on India pursuing an independent foreign policy and make it "subservient" to US strategic interests worldwide.