Left says opposition to Nuke deal remains steadfast

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New Delhi, Feb 25 (UNI) The CPI(M) today made it clear that the disagreement between the Manmohan Singh government and the Left parties on the Indo-US nuclear deal still persisted with both sides adamant on their respective position.

"The dispute stands with our side saying the deal is not in the interest of the nation, its independent foreign policy and sovereignty and the government touting its benifits," Polit Bureau member Sitaram Yechury told newspersons.

When reminded of the observation made in the President's address that the deal is" possible", Mr Yechury said the outcome of the ongoing negotiations by the Indian experts, headed by Atomic Energy Commission chief Anil Kakodkar with the IAEA, nearing completion, will be placed before the UPA- Left Coordination Committee.

"Then the Committee will discuss the outcome," he said.

When asked about the media reports that the ruling Congress was readying to "sacrifice' the government for the deal and advance elections to the Lok Sabha in October and November to gain votes of the 30 million strong middle class, the CPI(M) leader retorted back," the government has not told us so far." To another reply whether the Left would work together with the UNPA on farmers' issue, Mr Yechury said that they will work together with everyone whosoever fights on for the cause of farmers, the poor, price rise and other people's issues.

Meanwhile, the RSP said it would approach all other Left constituents to withdraw their support in case the government went ahead with operationalising the deal.

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