New Delhi: The CPI(M) on 20 August struck to its stand that the government should keep the Indo-US nuclear cooperation agreement on hold till its objections are “properly evaluated”.
After a meeting with External Affairs Minister Pranab Mukherjee, CPI(M) leader Sitaram Yechury made it clear that there was no change in the stand of the Left parties and the situation was as it is.
“The situation is where it is. We have not heard anything about the Committee (to go into the Hyde Act and its implications on the 123 agreement)”, Yechury told reporters after meeting Mukherjee, who is playing the role of a trouble shooter.
The CPI(M) leader said that the Left parties told the government to keep the whole thing on hold till their objections were “properly evaluated”.
Yechury’s meeting with Mukherjee assumes significance as the Left parties are meeting this evening to study the response of the Government on their ultimatum regarding the nuclear deal.
The CPI(M) leader’s statement appears to show that there was no immediate end in sight to the stand-off between the Left parties and the government despite the UPA’s declaration that it would address their “legitimate concerns”.
Basu rules out mid-term polls
Ruling out mid-term elections, veteran CPI(M) leader Jyoti Basu has avoided a direct reply on whether his party would withdraw support to the UPA following the standoff with the Centre over the Indo-US civil nuclear deal.
“At this stage I cannot say anything before the Central Committee meets, Basu said when asked whether the CPI(M) would withdraw support to the UPA government on the Indo-US civil nuclear deal issue.
He said since the nuclear deal was a major issue, the Central Committee of the party would take a decision when it meets on August 22-23.
“The Politburo has taken an unanimous decision on the political situation on the nuclear deal and relations with America,” he said seeking to scotch reports on differences in the party between moderates and hardliners.
He said the party had decided to call the Central Committee meeting as the UPA had ‘taken a major decision on the nuclear deal while acting as a lackey of the US´.
He, however, said, “There is no question of mid-term polls.”