Efforts to resolve nuke deal gather pace

Efforts to resolve nuke deal gather pace


New Delhi: Hectic efforts were on today to resolve the crisis sparked by the Left ultimatum to the government not to operationalize the Indo-US nuclear deal or face serious consequences.

CPI(M) Politburo member Sitaram Yechury met External Affairs Minister Pranab Mukherjee after which the Left leader indicated that no compromise formula has emerged so far.

“There is no compromise formula. It depends on the government what to decide," Yechury told reporters after the meeting.

As part of the activities to find a way out, Congress president Sonia Gandhi will chair a meeting of the party’s Core Group ahead of a meeting of UPA leaders to discuss the fallout of the Left threat.

Ahead of the UPA meeting to discuss ways and means to tackle the situation created in the wake of the Left ultimatum, the top brass of the Congress including Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and Gandhi will hold deliberations on the nuclear deal.

The Left parties -- CPI(M), CPI, RSP, Forward Bloc -- which are extending crucial outside support to the UPA coalition have virtually put the government on notice with the demand that further action on operationalisation of the 123 Agreement including talks with IAEA and Nuclear Suppliers Group, should not be taken up.

The Left leaders are expected to meet tomorrow to study the government response on their position against implementation of the civilian nuclear deal which was conveyed by CPI(M) General Secretary Prakash Karat to the Prime Minister yesterday.

Meanwhile, Samajwadi Party leader Amar Singh and Telugu Desam Party President Chandrababu Naidu today spoke to Karat over phone and are understood to have discussed the political situation.

The Samajwadi Party has already made known its opposition to the nuclear deal and its members stalled the proceedings in Parliament last week.The TDP has sought an explantion from the Prime Minister on the issue during the ongoing session.