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Do not start talks on India specific safeguards: Raja

CPI National Secretary D Raja says such a move would amount to operationalising the Indo-US nuclear deal.

india Updated: Sep 17, 2007 14:14 IST

Atomic Energy Commission Chairman Anil Kakodkar, who is in Vienna for the International Atomic Energy agency meet, should not start negotiations on India specific safeguard measures as it would amount to operationalising the Indo-US nuclear deal, CPI National Secretary D Raja said in Chennai on Monday.

"If he starts negotiations, the position will become untenable as the UPA and Left parties have an understanding that the deal will not be operationalised till the committee of UPA and Left parties discusses the issue," he told PTI.

Raja said that the second meeting of the committee would be held at New Delhi on September 19, which would hold discussions on the implications of the Hyde Act on the Indo-US nuclear deal.

The UPA government would submit its views to the Left parties on Monday on the queries raised by them on the deal during the first meeting, he said.

On the Ram Sethu issue, Raja said the Centre should not succumb to pressure from "religious fundamentalist forces' led by the BJP, which are bent on scuttling the project under some pretext or the other. The BJP and AIADMK, which once supported the project, were now opposing it solely due to political considerations, he said.

First Published: Sep 17, 2007 14:00 IST