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Only N-deal to be discussed in Parliament on Dec 18, 19

Members had asked the govt not to list any business, except N-deal on the last two days of the winter session of Parliament.

india Updated: Dec 08, 2006 22:30 IST
HT Correspondent
HT Correspondent

The government has not slotted any business in the two Houses of Parliament on December 18 and 19 to enable members to raise issues relating to the outcome of the Indo-US nuclear deal.

Members had asked the government not to list any business on the last two days of the winter session of Parliament keeping in mind the outcome of the Indo-US nuclear deal.

On Friday, CPM’s Mohammad Salim emphasised the need for a debate on the issue. He said that his party would study the deal after its culmination and look at the conditions agreed to it by India when the issue is discussed in Parliament.

"We will not accept any changes in the goalposts," Salim warned. He said his party will not accept any deal that sacrifices India’s interest with developing countries like Iran. The strategic perspective of India’s foreign policy vis-a-vis the Third World should not be compromised, he said.

Earlier, BJP’s Jaswant Singh had said that the government must stay with the Prime Minister’s August 17 statement in Parliament on the pact. "Those commitments, made in Parliament, were policy pronouncements, they superseded the earlier July 18, 2005 and March 26, 2006 announcements/agreements. We want to know if those parliamentary commitments have now been abandoned," he said.

The CPI would also judge the American response to the deal against the assurance given by Prime Minister Manmohan Singh in Parliament that nothing would be accepted which is not in the country’s interest. "Let us see the final version of the bill on which the voting is taking place in the US," said CPI’s D Raja.

First Published: Dec 08, 2006 22:30 IST