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N-deal committee in a day or two: Pranab

Though the Govt says panel on the nuclear deal will be constituted soon, it refuses to comment on the inclusion of PM and Sonia Gandhi in it.

india Updated: Sep 04, 2007 19:59 IST

The Government on Tuesday said the key committee on the Indo-US civil nuclear deal will be constituted "in a day or two" but sidestepped questions whether Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and Congress President Sonia Gandhi would be part of it.

"It will be done in a day or two. The committee will be announced in a day or two," External Affairs Minister Pranab Mukerjee told reporters in New Delhi on the sidelines of a conference of Editors from India, Brazil and South Africa.

Asked whether Singh and Gandhi would be members of the committee, he merely said "let us wait and see what is the composition of the committee".

The Left parties were strident in their attack on the UPA government saying "it would face the music" if their concerns on the civil nuclear deal were not addressed.

"We will attend the committee meeting with the approach that the issues we have raised would be debated but if the government brushes aside our concerns and goes ahead with its original plan, it will face the music", CPI General Secretary AB Bardhan said in Kolkata.

The Left has already made it clear that its top leaders Prakash Karat, Sitaram Yechury, AB Bardhan, D Raja, Abani Roy and Debabrata Biswas would be their nominees in the committee which is expected to be a political one.

The Left parties hit the streets on Tuesday against the UPA government's "pro-US policies" alleging that the deal was a part of government's attempt to "integrate India more closely with the US".

First Published: Sep 04, 2007 17:39 IST