New Delhi, Nov 28: The much-awaited debate on the Indo-US civil nuclear cooperation deal is scheduled to take place in the Lok Sabha today. The debate will begin at 2.00 p.m. under rule 193 of the Rules of Procedure of the House. Under the rule, there will not be voting at the end of the debate. Parliamentary Affairs Minister Priyaranjan Dasmunsi on Tuesday said that the “Sense of the House cannot be obtained in a short-duration discussion under Rule 193. You cannot reach a conclusion on a debate which has not been voted in the House."
Dasmunsi indicated that Rajya Sabha might take up the discussion only after December 1. The debate will take place on the basis of Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh's statement in both Houses in the previous monsoon session.
Dr. Singh is likely to intervene during the discussion on the deal, while External Affairs Minister Pranab Mukherjee will reply to the debate on the deal.
The government was ready for an early debate on the matter but the Opposition insisted on the presence of Dr. Singh during the discussion. The debate on the deal will take place at a time when the government has approached the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) for India-related nuclear safeguards after the Left gave the government a go ahead for it.
The Left, providing crucial outside support to the Congress-led coalition, is a consistent critic of the deal and has warned the government against operationalising it.