N-deal be debated in Parliament, says Karat

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Indore, Nov 15 (UNI) Reiterating that the Indo-US nuclear agreement should be debated in Parliament, CPI(M) General Secretary Prakash Karat today said the government would be allowed to approach the IAEA only after the issue was discussed threadbare at tomorrow's meeting of the UPA-Left panel on the nuclear deal.

''The government would be asked to clarify its stand on the agreement in the meeting,'' Mr Karat told newspersons here while clarifying on media reports about the left parties' green signal to the government to attend the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) meeting.

''The CPI(M) would decide on allowing the government to go ahead further on the issue after tomorrow's meeting,'' he added.

Admitting that the nuclear deal could not be discussed during the monsoon session of Parliament, Mr Karat said the Left parties wanted that the issue should be debated in the house.

Reiterating the Left parties stance that the agreement was against the national interest, the CPI(M) leader said the government should go ahead only after taking into consideration the Parliament's view on the matter. ''Majority in the Parliament was against the Indo-US nuclear agreement,'' he added.


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