UPA-Left hold constructive meeting on nuclear deal

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New Delhi, Sep 19 (UNI) The deadlock between the UPA and the Left parties over the Indo-US nuclear deal persisted with the two sides sticking to their respective positions on the pact.

The two sides are undertood to have refused to budge from their known positions on the implications of the Hyde Act on the country's security and its foreign policy at the second meeting of the UPA-Left committee on the nuclear deal, which remained 'inconclusive'.

Talking to reporters after the two-hour meeting held at committee convenor and External Affairs Minister Pranab Mukherjee's residence, CPI General Secretary A B Bardhan said both sides discussed the notes they had exchanged recently on a wide range of issues connected with the deal, including the implications of the Hyde Act on the 123 agreement, its impact on the country's foreign policy and security needs, and economic viability of nuclear energy.

Mr Mukherjee, however, stated that the meeting was constructive.

Barring Finance Minister P Chidambaram, who is abroad, all 15 members of the panel were present.

The next meeting of the panel would be held on October 5.

In between, the Left would send another note to the UPA on September 24 and the ruling coalition would reply to it on September 27.

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