Nov 16 UPA-Left meet on Nuke Deal put off

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New Delhi, Nov 9 (UNI) The crucial meeting of UPA-Left Committee on the Indo-US nuclear deal, which was scheduled to be held on November 16, has been deferred.

''The sixth meeting of the Committee slated for November 16 has been postponed. The fresh date will be announced later,'' a letter from the convenor of the Committee and External Affairs Minister Pranab Mukherjee to the Left parties said.

No reason was given in the letter for postponing the meeting, but a senior CPI leader told UNI that it was put off due to the winter session of Parliament beginning November 15 during which a discussion on the deal was most likely to be held.

Fresh dates may not be earlier than December 7 when the Parliament session would come to a close.

In the five meetings held so far, the Congress and the Left parties have failed to reach any understanding, the latter maintaining that the deal would affect the country's sovereignty and urging the government not to operationalise it till enough safeguards were incorporated in the agreement.

The UPA-Left Committee was set up a few months ago as a joint mechanism to iron out differences over the nuclear deal between the Congress-led coalition at the Centre and the Left and other parties suporting the government from outside.

UNI

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