CPM warns govt of withdrawal of support

CPM warns govt of withdrawal of support

New Delhi: The CPI(M) on 23 August warned the UPA government of withdrawal of support if it went ahead with operationalising the Indo-US nuclear deal as its Central Committee authorised the top leadership to take “appropriate decision at an appropriate time" to block the agreement.

At the end of the two-day meeting, senior party leaders said on grounds of anonymity that a strong message was being sent to the Congress-led coalition that the 123 agreement should not be operationalised without addressing the major concerns expressed by the Left parties.

“We will withdraw support to the government if it goes ahead with operationalising the agreement. The Central Committee has endorsed the stand of the politburo in this regard and authorised it to take an appropriate decision at an appropriate time," the leaders said, emerging out of the two-day meeting which started here on 22 August.

The Left parties, which would now closely follow Atomic Energy Commission chairman Anil Kakodkar’s visit to Vienna to attend the IAEA’s general assembly, have made it clear that they have no objection on him attending the meet as a member of the IAEA Board.

Their ground for objection is that during this meeting, Kakodkar should not begin formal negotiations on a safeguards agreement with the United Nations’ watchdog body on the basis of the 123 agreement.