Next non-Congress government to terminate N pact: Karat

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New Delhi, Sep 7 (UNI) Slamming the UPA government for its ''orchestrated propaganda'' about the ''historic waiver'' by the NSG for India, the CPM today asserted that the ''next non-Congress'' government at the Centre would terminate the Indo-US nuclear deal which it said had bound the nation to all the conditions set out in the Hyde Act.

''Our struggle to reverse the nuclear the pact is not over.

Obviously, the next government at the Centre will not be a Congress-led government, '' CPI(M) general secretary Prakash Karat said, adding that it did not mean that they would support a BJP-led coalition.

Mr Karat's remark came a day after the NSG granted India a crucial waiver enabling it to carry out nuclear commerce, ending 34 years of nuclear isolation enforced in the wake of the 1974 Pokhran test.

The BJP has already pronounced that it would renegotiate the deal, Mr Karat said while briefing mediapersons on the two-day deliberations of the party's politbureau meet that concluded here today.

Asked specifically about his hopes and optimism about the next government being non-Congress, he said, '' we will strive for that''. To a related question, he said the immediate priority before the party is to evolve a third electoral alternative in view of the Lok Sabha polls. The third alternative is a long drawn process based on joint mass struggle on people's issues.

Mr Karat said a joint delegation of the Left, comprising the UNPA and BSP, will call on President Pratibha Devisingh Patil on Tuesday to ask her to use her good offices to direct the Congress-led coalition to convene the monsoon session of Parliament followed by the regular winter session.

Strongly disapproving the way in which the UPA government has done away with the monsoon session which should have begun on August 11, the Left leader said the government have now decided to hold a truncated session from October 17 and to do away with the winter session altogether.

He also asked the government to come out with a white paper on the status of the government talks at the WTO.

There are reports that in the last WTO mini-ministerial conference, out of 20 issues 17 were resolved. These included issues affecting the national interest relating to the steep farm subsidies in the US, regulating the green box subsidies and customs duties on imports.

On the continuing attacks on the Christian community in Orissa, the Marxist leader deplored that the Central government had so far not done anything substantial to discharge its Constitutional obligation to provide security to the minorities.

On TATA project at Singur, he said the talks are being held through the Governor and expressed the hope that the issued would be resolved.

Expressing concern over the continuing double-digit inflation, he asked the government to take corrective measures including the reversal of recent price hike of diesel, petrol and cooking gas.


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