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Left parties concerned about Indo-US nuke deal

The Left parties are worried that the sensitive issue would take a back seat in Parliament.

india Updated: Aug 07, 2006 20:50 IST

With the uproar over the Pathak Authority report continuing, the Left parties are worried whether the sensitive issue of Indo-US nuclear deal, about which they have major concerns, would take a back seat in Parliament.

While the Left parties have submitted notices in the Upper House for a short-duration discussion on the issue this week, the Opposition threat of disrupting the proceedings may see a delay in the debate and the Prime Minister's reply to it reflecting the 'sense of House'.

Disruption of Parliament would suit the BJP as it would be able to avoid embarrassment over its leader Jaswant Singh's 'mole' controversy, while the Congress would be able to delay any debate on the crucial nuclear issue, Left sources said.

The Left parties have planned to take the Government to task on the Indo-US nuclear deal amid indications that some major concerns expressed by them may not form part of the government's proposed 'sense of Parliament' statement.

The four parties are set to take a final decision on the matter at a meeting on Tuesday, the sources said.

However, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, through a categoric assurance, would try to avoid a confrontation with the Left by making it clear that there will be no compromise on the strategic programme and that India will not accept any fresh conditionalities for implementing the pact.

Among the issues raised by the Left are that India should have "full" access to civilian nuclear technology and that Washington should lift all sanctions imposed on the supply of dual-use technology to India. The CPI(M) has listed "explicit departures" made by the US from the July 2005 accord between Singh and President George Bush on the nuclear deal.

First Published: Aug 07, 2006 20:50 IST