CPI(M) forsees possibility to break logjam on N-deal

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New Delhi, Nov 12 (UNI) The CPI(M) today foresaw the possibility of" sorting out'' of the differences between the Manmohan Singh government and the Left parties on the Indo-US nuclear deal and stated that the date for the next meeting of the UPA-Left Political panel would be decided in a day or two.

" Something will be worked out hopefully in the next meeting," party General Secretary Prakash Karat told mediapersons at the end of the Polit Bureau two-day meeting held at its central headquarters- the A K Gopalan Bhawan.

Mr Karat however made it clear that even though both the sides had put forward their viewpoint, ''the good thing is that the government has not gone to talk to the IAEA and the NSG." The CPI(M) leader, answering a volley of questions on the issue, insisted that if he was asking for the next meeting, it meant something." If there is no possibility of something to be worked out, why should we agree to such a meeting." He did not elaborate, but threw enough hints that some sort of reconcilation is on the way.'' Something remains to be done in the meeting.'' Referring to his and his counterpart in CPI A B Bardhan's meeting with Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, UPA Chairperson Sonia Gandhi and External Affairs Minister Pranab Mukherjee, he said they had suggested to them that," let us have another meeting where we can attempt once more to sort out the matter. You know that five meetings of the Panel have already taken place." On the debate on the N deal in Parliament, the CPI(M) General Secretary said he hoped that all the political parties whether they are for or against the deal, would realise the importance of the "sense of the House" on the matter.

The UPA- Left Political Committee's scheduled meeting here on November 16 was deferred on the suggestion of the Left parties who argued that it would be appropriate if the meeting was held after the nuclear deal was debated in Parliament and the views expressed there could also be placed before the Panel.

The Winter Session of Parliament commences on November 15 and the government and the Left have agreed that the discussion on the deal will be held in the beginning of the session itself.


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