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CPM asks BJP to join hands against N-deal
September 06, 2007 18:16 IST
Holding that the agreement to operationalise the Indo-US nuclear deal was not acceptable to the majority in Parliament, Communist Party of India-Marxist general secretary Prakash Karat on Thursday asked the Bharatiya Janata Party to join all others in telling the government not to proceed with it.
"The question will boil down to whether the Parliament can ratify this agreement. If we take that position, there is no point in asking for a Joint Parliamentary Committee or a vote," Karat, who is leading a Left procession against joint naval exercises involving the US in the Bay of Bengal, told a television channel.
Disagreeing with the BJP demand for a JPC, he told NDTV: 'I think the question is political. The agreement is not acceptable to the majority in Parliament. We can all tell the government, don't proceed (with the deal). And I do not see why the BJP cannot take that position.'
Karat felt Parliament should discuss the nuclear issue and BJP should voice its views there.
In Nellore, the CPI-M leader questioned government's nod for naval exercises in the Bay of Bengal involving the US.