Left condemns Govt.'s move to circulate safeguard draft to IAEA's Board of Governors

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New Delhi, July 10 : The Left parties, which decided to part ways with the United Progressive Alliance (UPA) government over the Indo-US nuclear deal, have criticized the Government's move of circulating the safeguard draft to the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), Board of Governors for their approval without proving majority in the parliament.

Addressing a news conference in New Delhi on Thursday Prakash Karat, General Secretary of Communist Party of India-Marxist (CPI-M) said that they would make it impossible for the government to go ahead with the nuclear deal.

"We are going to fight at every step to stop this deal. That's not for some maneuvers in the parliament for a vote. We know how to fight against this deal. We have full confidence in the people of this country and we are sure that politically we will make it impossible for the government to go ahead with this deal," said Karat.

UPA Government on Thursday unveiled the text of safeguards agreement reached with the IAEA, the United Nations nuclear watchdog.

Under the agreement, India will place its civilian nuclear facilities under IAEA safeguards to facilitate full civil nuclear co-operation between India and members of IAEA.

The agreement also mentions that India will have to separate its civilian and military nuclear facilities. India will also have continuous access to fuel supplies.

The agreement envisages support for Indian effort to develop a strategic reserve of nuclear fuel to guard against any disruption of supply over the lifetime of India''s reactors.

India may take corrective measures to ensure uninterrupted operation of its civilian nuclear reactors in the event of disruption of foreign fuel supplies.

India had approached the IAEA on Wednesday with the India-specific nuclear safeguards accord to seek its approval.

The draft was circulated to the nuclear watchdog's Board of Governors following a request from the Government.

The safeguards pact, which is the next step in the operationalisation of the Indo-US civil nuclear deal, was sent to the 35-nation Board on a day when the Left parties formally withdrew their support from the Congress-led UPA Government.

On the other hand the Bharatiya Janata Party charged the UPA government with suffering from "complete disconnect" and making a "mockery" of the country.

"The people of this country would like to have an answer; a document which was said to be confidential was released on the website of the ministry of external affairs. A support is being sought from the Samajwadi party and the issues which are being flagged for the support is the difference and the war between two major industrial houses in this country," said Rajeev Pratap Rudy, spokesperson BJP.

"All these issues are relevant today it makes the whole action of the UPA government which has lost majority in parliament which is a minority government today to push a deal to push a document which does not have a legal sanctity today the people of the country deserve an answer to it," added Rudy.

Meanwhile ruling Congress-led UPA Government is busy gathering support from all possible quarters after the Communists withdrew support from it on Tuesday in protest against the nuclear deal with the United States.

The withdrawal has left Prime Minister Manmohan Singh needing other parties support to ensure that his ruling coalition survives and an early election is avoided.

Raj Babbar, rebel Samajwadi party Member of Parliament met the congress president Sonia Gandhi and pledged his support to the congress led UPA alliance.

"I met congress president and I assured her that I believe in congress policy and this is for the nation, for our country. This is very beneficial. We support the nuclear agreement," said Babbar.

The government, led by Manmohan Singh's Congress party, believes it has enough votes after securing the backing of the Samajwadi Party, but the vote could be close.

The timing of the vote of confidence depends on the President, but it could be in the next two weeks, political analysts said.

According to reports, the vote could be held around July 21-22.

At stake is the four-year-old government of Dr. Singh. A defeat would trigger an early election, as the government struggles with record inflation and rising interest rates taking the shine off a booming, trillion-dollar.

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