CPM patriarch Jyoti Basu on Monday virtually ruled out the possibility of the Left parties withdrawing support to the UPA government over the differences on the Indo-US nuclear agreement. The CPM politburo member and former chief minister said, "there is no question of mid-term general elections over the Indo-US nuclear deal standoff."
After a meeting of the West Bengal state secretariat of the CPM here, Basu said the CPM politburo meeting had unanimously decided to oppose the nuclear deal being accepted by the UPA government. CPM state secretary and politburo member Biman Bose and chief minister and politburo member Buddhadeb Bhattacharya briefed the secretariat members about the developments over the Indo-US nuclear deal.
Biman Bose said the CPM leaders have hinted to UPA Chairperson Sonia Gandhi that the implementation of the Indo-US nuclear deal could mean the end of the relationship between the Left parties and the UPA Government at the Centre. The CPI, RSP and Forward Bloc - which are also extending support to the UPA government from the outside — have told the central government to reject the nuclear deal or face the music.
Jyoti Basu said that the CPM politburo had decided to oppose the nuclear deal tooth and nail so that India does not succumb to the pressures of the US government and accept the 123 Agreement. "However, there is no question of mid-term polls. The CPM politburo has unanimously decided to oppose the move by the Centre to submit to the dictates of the US government," he said. Basu also said the proposed Indo-US nuclear deal would be discussed in Parliament and that it would be done under a provision which does not entail voting.
Earlier, the CPM said that if there is a discussion in Parliament on the nuclear deal entailing voting, the CPM would walk out.