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CPI(M) says there is no crisis for Govt

CPI(M) says that it was only in favour of pressing the 'pause' button and not either the "eject or stop" button.

india Updated: Aug 24, 2007 19:39 IST

Softening its stand further, the CPI(M) on Friday said it saw no crisis for the UPA government over the Indo-US nuclear deal and made it clear that it was only for pressing the 'pause' button and not either the "eject or stop" button.

"I don't see a crisis. Where was it and where has it gone," CPI(M) Politburo member Sitaram Yechury told reporters replying to a volley of questions on whether the crisis for the Manmohan Singh government on the deal issue was over.

At the same time, he stuck to his party's stand that the government should not proceed further with operationalising the deal as it was not in the national interest and demanded a "structured debate" in Parliament in which the government should reply.

He suggested that there could be talks between the Left and the Congress once UPA Chairperson Sonia Gandhi returns from South Africa and her party deliberates on the response to the Central Committee resolution on the matter.

Yechury, who is also the CPI(M)'s Parliamentary party leader, insisted that the Left wants other important issues like price rise, legislation for workers in unorganised sector and implementation of the recommendations of the Srikrishna Commission and the Sachar Committee to be debated in Parliament along with the nuclear issue.

"We don't want the nuclear issue to hijack other important issues," he said.

His comments came a day after CPI(M) General Secretary Prakash Karat's assertion that the party does not want the "current crisis" over the deal to affect the government and it was trying to allay apprehensions that it was interested in pulling down the government.

Yechury also rubbished suggestions that the Left was supporting China by opposing the civil nuclear deal with the US and instead accused the government of capping India's strategic capabilities.

"This deal caps India's strategic capabilities. Who brought this deal -- this government -- so who is helping China and Pakistan," he asked.

He also pointed fingers at the former NDA government for announcing a voluntary moratorium on nuclear tests saying it also capped the country's strategic capabilities. He, however, said the CPI(M) was not opposed to that move.

Yechury said the Left parties should get an assurance from the government that it was not proceeding further with operationalising the deal and made it clear that the assurance could be any manner the government wants.

"We are not insisting that it should come on the floor of the House," he said when asked whether they want the UPA government to announce that it was not operationalising the deal during the debate in Parliament.

"We just want a proper debate in Parliament which would establish support and opposition to the deal," he said.

Yechury also rubbished the government argument that the deal would provide electricity to millions of poor farmers in the country, saying there was other cost-effective options available in the country.

"The argument that the deal is for poor farmers, poor Indians was hollow. There are other options for power generation like Hydro, gas and thermal which are half the cost.

First Published: Aug 24, 2007 16:15 IST