'Govt must consider panel'

Left expresses its concerns ahead of the meeting of the joint panel to consider their concerns on the Indo-US nuclear deal.

india Updated: Sep 09, 2007 21:21 IST

Ahead of the meeting of the joint panel to consider their concerns on the Indo-US nuclear deal, Left parties on Sunday said the government should consider the committee's finding before taking any step to operationalise the agreement.

"We are asking the government not to rush through with the next steps, which are necessary to operationalise the deal. The findings of this committee have to be taken into account," CPI(M) Polit Buro member Sitaram Yechury told PTI here. The first meeting of the panel is scheduled to start on Tuesday.

To a question about stability of the government, he said "Our agenda is the nuclear deal and the implications of the Hyde act on national sovereignity and interest".

In Vishakapatnam, Yechury indicated CPI (M) would not destabilize the government at this juncture saying there was no link between the nuke agreement and the survival of the Congress-led coalition.

"We are fighting against the deal keeping in the mind the future interests of the country, its independent foreign policy, sovereignty and its place in the Asian politics," Yechuri said at a "Meet the Press" programme organised by Vizag Journalists Forum.

CPI General secretary AB Bardhan said in Delhi "We will go with an open mind" to the UPA-Left committee meeting.

Asked about the future course of action in case no amicable solution is found by the committee, Bardhan said," We will see it then. I don't want to speculate." On the upcoming visit of the Atomic Energy Commission Chairman Anil K Kakodkar to Vienna for the IAEA meet, Bardhan said he understood that the India-specific safeguard proposals would not be put forward at the meeting and India will participate only as a member country.

First Published: Sep 09, 2007 21:10 IST