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Nuke deal: Onus on PM to inform House, says Left

Left was satisfied with PM's assurance to take Parliament into confidence before striking final the nuclear deal.

india Updated: Aug 18, 2006 23:32 IST

Satisfied with Prime Minister Manmohan Singh's assurance to take Parliament into confidence before striking final Indo-US nuclear deal, the Left leaders, while hailing it as 'sense of the House', said the onus now lay on him to keep the elected representatives informed from time to time.

However, CPI asked for more 'vigilance' on the part of the supporting Left parties in the context of what happened in relations with Iran after the July 2005 understanding between Dr Singh and US President George W Bush.

While CPI (M) polit bureau member and Rajya Sabha member Sitaram Yechury said it was a new precedent that Parliament would be taken into confidence by the Executive, CPI leaders AB Bardhan and Shamim Faizi said that the Left had to be more vigilant about the "subtle and not so subtle moves of the Bush administration to impose its diktats on the Indian government".

The leaders of the Forward Bloc and RSP said the Left parties were 'somewhat satisfied' with the Prime Minister's response to their fears and apprehensions on nine serious departures from the July statement, but now it was for him to honour his commitment given on the floor of the House.

At a press conference, Yechury also released a two-page note detailing the UPA government's nine departures and the Prime Minister's point-by-point response whether the deal would provide 'full' civilian nuclear technology to India, and not lead to restrictions on Indian foreign policy, among other things.

Asserting that India would not accept any extraneous conditions, the Prime Minister told the Rajya Sabha on Thursday that the Government would draw the 'necessary conclusions' if the Indo-US civil nuclear deal did not strictly adhere to the July 18, 2005, and the March 2, 2006 separation plan.

First Published: Aug 18, 2006 23:32 IST