New Delhi: With Nandigram and the Indo-US nuclear deal hogging political limelight, CPI-M today began a meeting of its Politburo to review these crucial issues and chart out a strategy for the upcoming parliament session.
Top leaders including Prakash Karat, Sitaram Yechury, Kerala and Tripura Chief Ministers and Left Front Chairman Biman Basu attended the meeting.
West Bengal Chief Minister Buddhadeb Bhattacharya is not attending the meeting as he is in Kolkata to review the volatile situation in Nandigram and gear up the administration to meet threat posed by the Opposition Trinamool Congress call for an indefinite state-wide bandh from tomorrow.
The two-day Politburo meeting comes a day after CPI-M General Secretary Prakash Karat and his CPI counterpart A B Bardhan had a meeting with Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and UPA Chairperson Sonia Gandhi to discuss the matter.
The government is understood to have attempted to get a clearance from the crucial outside supporters to start negotiations with the IAEA for an India-specific safeguards agreement required to operationalise the nuclear deal.
However, the top Left leaders are believed to have put their foot down and asked the government to first have a debate in Parliament and, after that, by the UPA-Left Committee on the issue.
Besides the nuclear issue, the situation in Nandigram, the price situation including that of petroleum products, the ensuing assembly elections in Gujarat and Himachal Pradesh are also likely to prominently figure in the Politburo meeting.