CPI(M) to withdraw support over nuclear deal

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New Delhi, Jun 29 (UNI) The CPI(M) today indicated that they are parting ways with the fifty-month old UPA government if it went ahead with the Indo-US nuclear deal.

''Nothing much to say today,'' CPI(M) general secretary Prakash Karat told newspersons while going for the party polit bureau meeting that began this morning at its central headquarters A K Gopalan Bhawan.

Besides Mr Karat, West Bengal Chief Minister Buddhadeb Bhattacharya, Kerala Chief Minister V S Achuthanandan, Tripura Chief Minister Manik Sarkar, and other polit bureau members Sitaram Yechury and Brinda Karat were also present in the day-long meeting.

The party's Central Committee had already authorised the politbureau to take to the political course in the wake of deepening chasm between the government and the Left parties over the nuclear pact.

The Congress chief and UPA chairperson Sonia Gandhi have asked her party office bearers to get ready for the November-December Assembly polls and the Lok Sabha polls next year as allies were also getting ready for the coming elections.

Left parties have already conveyed to the government that they would withdraw their support if the nuclear deal is executed.

UNI KSA JT HT1330

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