Govt determined to go ahead with Nuke deal Karat

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New Delhi, Jul 1 (UNI) The Government's keenness to send its negotiators to Vienna to complete the pending business with the IAEA, showed its determination to go ahead with the Nuclear deal, being opposed tooth and nail by the Left, CPI(M) general secretary Prakash Karat told a TV channel tonight.

The Left is undertood to have decided to pull out from the UPA government on July 5, a day after the government sends its negotiators to Vienna.

"We cannot compromise on the Nuclear deal", Mr Karat asserted.

Clearly indicating that Left was prepared for elections, Mr Karat said "if the government wants that Nuclear deal issue should be decided by the people, we are ready for that".

Mr Karat, however, added that "We will also take a serious note of the Prime Minister's forthcoming visit to Japan to attend G-8 countries meeting in the joint Left parties' meeting on July four".

The Left parties were keen to send ball into the government's court as a Left leader said it was now up to the Prime Minister whether he wanted to go to Japan as the head of a majority or a minority government.

The four Left parties were scheduled to meet here on July 4 where they are expected to take a unified decision on their withdrawal of support from the 50-month-old UPA government.

The CPI top leadership dared Dr Singh to bring forward the Monsoon Session of Parliament if he was sure about Parliament's consent for the nuclear accord.

CPI leaders A B Bardhan and Shamim Faizi said if the Prime Minister was so confident, he should place the frozen draft with the IAEA in the House.

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