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Resolution in Parliament on N-deal unlikely

Moves by the BJP and Left for a Resolution in Parliament appears to be fading.

india Updated: Aug 03, 2006 21:31 IST

Moves by the BJP and Left for a Resolution in Parliament on the Indo-US nuclear deal to corner the Government on the key issue appears to be fading, much to the relief of the Congress-led coalition.

Dark clouds hovering over the Government on the issue started dispersing with the CPI on Thursday distancing itself from the move, contending that it did not want to be in the company of BJP on the issue.

The CPI(M) also started singing a different tune by the evening, with a senior leader saying its insistence was that "the sense of the House should be reflected" either through a resolution or a statement by the Prime Minister taking cognisance of the concerns expressed by it on the sensitive issue.

The CPI statement, as also the changed nuances in the CPI(M) position, came a day after Defence Minister Pranab Mukherjee issued a veiled threat that a joint resolution would spell the end of the Government.

Leader of the Opposition in the Rajya Sabha Jaswant Singh, JD-U leader Digvijay Singh and SP leader Amar Singh had a meeting with Rajya Sabha Chairman Bhairon Singh Shekhawat on Wednesday to press for such a resolution.

BJP leaders said in private that they were trying to persuade the Left and other opposition parties, but felt there was 'no use going ahead with the move if the Left is not with us'.

Parliamentary Affairs Minister PR Dasmunsi expressed confidence that the Left would not go with the BJP but said that no fresh talks were held with them on the issue after Wednesday's parleys he and Mukherjee had with them.