No compromise with govt. on nuclear deal : Bardhan

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New Delhi, Mar 31 (UNI) The CPI today ruled out any compromise with the UPA government on the Indo-US nuclear -deal but discounted speculations about early elections.

CPI General Secretary A B Bardhan said in an interaction with UNI journalists here that the deal was ''derogatory'' and ''harmful'' to India's national interests and the Hyde Act would place curbs on the country's sovereignty.

''There is no meeting ground with the government on this (the nuclear deal)...We have more or less shut the door... We will not compromise on that issue...,'' he said.

He, however, asserted that the Left per se was not against nuclear energy for civilian purposes but was opposed to ''grouping up'' with the US.

On Tibet, he refrained from any comment, saying it was an internal issue of China. ''We will not allow them to interfere in our matters and similarly we should not interfere in their internal issue,'' Mr Bardhan added.

Commenting on former Defence Minister George Fernandes'statement on China, Mr Bardhan said ''Mr Fernandes is itching for a confrontation with China.'' On the Arunachal issue, he said the Left did not agree with Chinese claims. ''It (Arunachal) is a part of Indian territory,'' he added.

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