CPM accuses UPA govt of hiding facts on Indo-US nuke deal

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Kolkata, June 30: The CPM on Monday launched a scathing attack on the United Progressive Alliance (UPA) Government saying that it did not disclose that it was compulsory to approach International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) for an India -specific safeguards agreement.

CPM Politburo member and party's state secretary Biman Bose said that in a UPA-Left Coordination Committee meeting held in October-November to discuss the Nuclear deal, the UPA Government did not apprise the Left that it was mandatory for the government to go to the IAEA, as it was saying now.

The Left coordination Committee, would be meeting in Delhi on July four to assess the situation, Bose added after a left front meeting in Kolkata.

He also said that the meeting could be held a day earlier, and the CPM would hold consultations with the Left parties before the meeting.

Informing that the CPM-Forward Bloc meeting of central leaders was likely to be held on Monday, he further said that they might meet the Revolutionary Socialist Party (RSP) on Tuesday.

Criticising the Central Government, Bose said that it was not concerned about tackling inflation; instead it was busy pushing the nuclear deal.

The Left parties have decided to launch campaigns against the Central Government's failure to control inflation, Bose said. On Left front's preparations for the Lok Sabha polls, he said that it was not discussed at the meeting.

Earlier, CPM leader Sitaram Yechury stated that the Left's stand on the nuclear deal was final. He reiterated the Left would withdraw support if the government went to the IAEA with the agreement.

On Prime Minister Manmohan Singh's statement that he was ready to face the Parliament before operationalising the nuclear deal, Yechury said that there was nothing new in what the PM had said.

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