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Left-UPA N-deal panel meets today
September 11, 2007 09:27 IST
The 15-member Left-United Progressive Alliance panel on the Indo-US nuclear deal will have its first meeting on Tuesday as part of the exercise to address concerns raised by the four Left parties regarding the implications of the India-specific Hyde Act of the US on the country's independent foreign policy, sovereignty and its future weapons programmes.
The committee was seen as more of a political mechanism between the ruling UPA and the Left Parties, whose outside support is crucial for the survival of the 39-month-old government, to avert an immediate crisis as both the sides continued to remain firm on their known positions.
Even after the announcement of the constitution of the UPA-Left mechanism, the Left parties have continued with their saber-rattling against the UPA government in general and Prime Minister Manmohan Singh [Images] in particular.
The continuing intransigence of the Left was also evident from the fact that the CPI-M had, a week ago, issued four pamphlets attacking the government and the prime minister for India's growing 'strategic embrace' with the US on various fronts.
They also released a four-page 'open letter' to the MPs on September 8 on the adverse effect of the Indo-US agreement on India's independent foreign policy.
Amid the running Left threat against the government in the event of it proceeding towards operationalising the 123 agreement on Indo-US nuclear deal, the strong position of the Congress in favour of the agreement was made public by none other than Sonia Gandhi [Images] herself when she said in a message in party's mouthpiece Sandesh that the deal was in the long-term interests of the nation.