No threat to UPA government till October 22: Left

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New Delhi, Oct 9 (UNI) Left parties today made it clear that there is no threat to the 40-month-old Manmohan Singh government till October 22 when the UPA-Left panel would have its next round of meeting on the Indo-US nuclear deal.

However, the four Left parties, who attended the fourth round of the panel's deliberation early today, sat together in the evening and held discussion in the context of the visit of IAEA Director-General Mohammed El Baradei.

Briefing on the 80-minute-long Left joint meeting, CPI(M) Polit Bureau member Sitaram Yechury told mediapersons that the Left had already demanded that the deal be put on the backburner so that the government could complete its term without any hurdle.

''Akalmand ko ishara kafi hai'' (A signal is enough to the wise), he said, adding that the Left had already given enough signals to the ruling coalition that it should not insist on operationalising the deal which will be detrimental to the interests of the nation and stability of the government.

In this context, he reminded how the previous BJP-led NDA government had put three contentious issues - Ram Temple, Uniform Civil Code and Article 370- on the backburner to keep its ruling coalition going and complete its five-year term.

Meanwhile. sources told UNI that the Left parties had told the government in clear terms that it would not allow even the experts to hold informal talks with the IAEA chief.

Asked about the scheduled meeting of Prime Minister Manmohan Singh with Mr ElBaradei, Mr Yechury, quoting a Sanskrit sloka, said ''a foreign dignitary is an honoured guest of the country and he should be shown full respect and honour.'' ''Let them meet... the only thing is that the government should not hold formal talks with the IAEA and operalionalise the deal,'' said Mr Yehchury.

The senior Marxist leader was, however, noncommittal on the possibility of a mid-term poll or whether the government and the Left parties had found some ''meeting ground.'' He also parried question whether the October 22 meeting would turn out to be the ''last meeting'' of the Left-UPA panel. ''We don't know... it depends on the Congress.'' The Left leaders also made it clear that the destabilisation of the government and a mid-term election are not on their agenda.


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