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Tuesday, Sep 17, 2019

CPI-M politburo meets on N-deal

The meeting comes in the backdrop of senior CPI-M leaders saying that they are strongly opposed to the deal.

india Updated: Aug 22, 2007 17:25 IST

A crucial meeting of the CPI-M polit bureau began in New Delhi to take a final view on its strategy in Parliament following its opposition to the Indo-US nuclear deal.

The meeting comes in the backdrop of senior CPI-M leaders saying that while they were strongly opposed to the deal, they would not like to disturb the stability of the UPA government which the party is supporting from outside.

Some Left party leaders have said that they might decide to politically distance themselves form the ruling coalition due to major differences on foreign and economic policies.

The two-day polit bureau meeting is likely to plan out series of protest actions against the government's economic and foreign policies, Left sources said. The CPI-M meeting also comes in the backdrop of the CPI demand that the Left parties should "redefine" their relationship with the UPA and distance themselves from the ruling coalition.

A meeting of the CPI's central secretariat is also slated for this afternoon to review the political situation in the context of the nuclear deal.

The other issues that would come up in the meeting include price rise, sporadic communal clashes and social security measures for unorganised and agriculture labourers which the government has promised but is yet to implement, the sources said.

On Thursday the Left parties condemned the US statement that the 123 agreement could be scrapped if India carried out a nuclear test. They have stated that the government should not operationalise the deal and proceed with the IAEA and the Nuclear Suppliers Group on the matter.

First Published: Aug 17, 2007 11:21 IST