UPA-Left panel to review Hyde Act implications

UPA-Left panel to review Hyde Actimplications

The first meeting of the UPA-Left committee on the Indo-US nuclear deal held on Tuesday decided to discuss the implications of the Hyde Act on the 123 agreement and on self-reliance in India’s nuclear sector.

The 15-member panel also decided to discuss the implications of the deal on foreign policy and security cooperation, external affairs minister Pranab Mukherjee, who headed the meeting, told reporters later.

The next meeting would be held on 19 September.

Leaders of the four Left parties—Prakash Karat, Sitaram Yechury (both CPM), A.B. Bardhan, D. Raja (both CPI), Debabrata Biswas (Forward Bloc) and T.J. Chandrachoodan (RSP) also attended the meeting.

On the government’s side, Mukherjee’s cabinet colleagues representing the Congress-led coalition—A. K. Antony, P. Chidambaram, Kapil Sibal, Saifuddin Soz, Prithviraj Chavan, Lalu Prasad of RJD, T.R. Baalu of DMK and NCP chief Sharad Pawar—were also present.

Talking to reporters after the 45-minute meeting, CPI general secretary Bardhan said the first sitting of the committee has framed the issues to be discussed by it.

On whether any experts would be invited for the next meeting on 19 September, he merely said “no experts are needed."

CPM politburo member Sitaram Yechury said the UPA-Left committee in its first meeting has identified the topics to be discussed and respective political parties will frame their opinions on it.