Left sets July 7 deadline for govt on n-deal: Karat

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New Delhi, July 4 (UNI) The Left front today asked the government to make it clear by July 7 whether it was going ahead with the India-specific safeguards agreement with the IAEA on the Indo-US nuclear deal.

The July 7 deadline coincides with the departure of Prime Minister Manmohan Singh for Japan to attend the G8-G5 summit.

After a meeting of the leaders of the CPI(M), CPI, RSP and Forward Bloc, CPI(M) General Secretary Prakash Karat told reporters that the front had also decided to launch a nation-wide campaign from July 14 to explain to the people why the Left was opposed to the nuclear deal.

The campaign would also focus on the government's failure to tackle inflation which had resulted in skyrocketing prices of essential commodities and other ''anti-people'' polices.

Another highlight of the campign would be to prevent the BJP and its allies from whipping up communal polarisation for political gains.

Mr Karat said the front had issued two resolutions on these issues.

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