New Delhi, Nov 13 (UNI) Terming the CPI-M's nod for India going ahead with its nuclear negotiations with the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) as a ''climbdown'', the BJP today said the Congress and the Communists had apparently struck ''a quid-pro-quo arrangement to bail out each other from the crisis''.
Referring to CPI-M General Secretary Prakash Karat's statement yesterday paving way for talks with the IAEA, BJP spokesman Prakash Javadekar said the deal between the two parties is becoming clear.
The Congress wants to bail out the CPI-M from the Nandigram crisis and the CPI-M wants to bail out the Congress out of the Indo-US nuclear deal crisis with an underlying princple -- cling on to power and fool the people, he remarked.
When asked about the BJP going soft on the nuclear deal, Mr Javadekar said the BJP had not changed its stand. The party had articulated its demand for renegotiation of the deal and a detailed discussion in the Parliament.
Regarding Leader of Opposition L K Advani's statement that the BJP would allow discussion in the Parliament under a provision that did not entail a voting, the BJP spokesman said Mr Advani was only stating the fact that government did not require BJP's support for finalising the deal.
The government did not require parliamentary approval for finalising the nuclear deal. It was the Left which held threats to withdraw its support to the government and now it had rescinded from its earlier position for a quid-pro-quo on Nandigram bail out.
The core committee of the BJP would hold a day-long meeting tomorrow to take stock of the party's preparedness to face the Lok Sabha elections in the face of uncertainty looming large on the longevity of the UPA government at the Centre, Mr Javadekar added.
The meeting would also decide upon the date for Election Committee meeting for choosing the candidates for Gujarat and Himachal Pradesh assembly elections.