CPI(M) sharpening strategy for debate on nuke deal in Parliament

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New Delhi, Nov 10 (UNI) The top CPI(M) leadership will converge here tomorrow to finalise the party's strategy in the Winter Session of Parliament commencing on November 15 especially in the context of the proposed debate on the Indo-US civil nuclear deal.

The 17-member Polit Bureau, comprising stalwarts like Mr Jyoti Basu and Mr H S Surjeet, will also discuss how it could corner the UPA government on skyrocketing prices of essential commodities, strengthening of the Public Distribution System, government's dilly-dallying on notifiying the Tribal Forests Rights Act and its apathy to table the Women's Reservation Bill in the House.

CPI(M) senior Polit Bureau member M K Pandhe said the party would also deliberate on raising the issue of the Gujarat carnage, in the light of the Tehelka expose, on the first day of the Session and the draft Political resolution to be placed before the 19th Party Congress of the CPI(M) to be held in Coimbatore in March 2008.

Mr Pandhe said the document would be finalised by the party's apex organisational body, the Central Committee, in its three-day deliberations here beginning December 20.

Besides party General Secretary Prakash Karat, senior parliamentary leaders Mr Sitaram Yechury and Ms Brinda Karat and West Bengal Chief Minister Buddhadeb Bhattacharjee, the Polit Bureau meeting is expected to be attended by Kerala Chief Minsiter V S Achootanandan and West Bengal Left Front Chairman Bimon Bose.

The meeting is being held at a time when the government has deferred the UPA-Left Political Panel's scheduled meeting on November 16. Since August 7, when the Panel was formally constituted, the Left had been insisting that the government must not talk to the IAEA and the NSG in view of the majority of members of Parliament opposing the nuclear deal while the government was emphasising that time was running out.

The Left parties have suggested that it would be appropriate to defer the meeting with the IAEA and the NSG so that the views expressed in Parliament on the nuclear deal could also be placed before the Polticial Committee.

Moreover, they were of the view that there was no need to break the Parliamentary Convention that when issues of national importance like the nuclear deal are being discussed in Parliament, the same are not debated outside.

UNI

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