Left ready to walk long to resolve nuke deal difference

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Kolkata, Nov 2 (UNI) The Left parties are prepared for a prolonged dialogue to resolve the nuclear deal controversy even if the joint committee meeting on November 16 fails to find a solution, CPI(M) General Secretary Prakash Karat today said.

''We are prepared to spend as much time as possible. It is not that the November 16 meeting will be the last. We would like to resolve the issue,'' he told reporters after attending the party's state committee meeting.

Emphasising that his party had never talked about withdrawal of support to the UPA Government, Mr Karat said he was hopeful that the next joint committee meeting would end at a conclusion as all efforts were being made to reach to a solution.

Reiterating that the Left parties would not call for a voting resolution on the nuclear deal issue in the coming winter session of Parliament, Mr Karat he said they only wanted was to elicit opinions of all political parties which the Government should honour.

''We would like the issue to be discussed in the winter session of Parliament, beginning on November 15. But we will not insist on a voting resolution. It could be a non-voting resolution. But the opinion of Parliament must be elicited and the Government should honour it,'' he said.

In reply to a question, the CPI(M) General Secretary said his party was holding talks with all UPA and UNPA partners separately in a serious effort to come to a common understanding on the issue.

''We must be able to take a common stand with UNPA as well as UPA partners. We have already met all UPA partners and other secular parties to see that we reach a common stand on the nuke deal issue.

That is our agenda,'' he said.

He, however, said there was no question of holding talks with the BJP.

Earlier, CPI (M) patriarch Jyoti Basu said he Left parties wanted the Congress-led coalition Government to continue.

''Prakash has reported us on the talks he has held on individual level with other parties (on the nuclear deal issue). We want this Government to run,'' he added.

In reply to a question on speculations over his talks with UNPA partners, Mr Karat said at present there was no third front. But the party was only making an effort to find an alternative to the Congress and the BJP without keeping any electoral compulsion in mind.

''We are working on an alternative that is distinct from both the Congress and the BJP. But there is no electoral compulsion, perspective or effort. It is a long term effort as laid down in our party congress,'' he said.

UNI

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