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Left will pull out before PM leaves for G-8 summit

July 01, 2008 15:38 IST

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Hardening their opposition to the Indo-United States nuclear pact, the Left parties on Tuesday asserted that they will withdraw their support to the United Progressive Alliance government before Prime Minister Manmohan Singh's [Images] proposed visit to the G-8 Summit in Japan [Images] on July 6.

The decision to pull out is likely to be taken on July 5, a day after the government sends its negotiators to Vienna to complete the pending business with the International Atomic Energy Agency, sources told UNI.

The sources said now it depends on the prime minister whether he goes to Japan as the head of a majority or a minority government.

The four Left parties are scheduled to meet in New Delhi on July 4 where they are expected to take a unified decision on their withdrawal of support to the 50-month-old UPA government.

While the Communist Party of India top leadership dared Dr Singh to bring forward the Monsoon Session of Parliament if he is so sure about Parliament's consent on the nuclear accord, a CPI-Marxist senior leader added that the prime minister's contention on this issue is just redundant and politically deceitful.

The sources said the government is keen to send a delegation to Vienna on July 4 to approach the Board of Governors of the UN nuclear watchdog to further hold negotiations on India-specific safeguards.

On Dr Singh's readiness to face Parliament on the N-pact, CPI leaders A B Bardhan and Shamim Faizi said if he was so confident he should place the frozen draft with the IAEA before the House. "The House can debate and either reject it or allow the government to go to Vienna. No argument of terming the frozen texts as classified document is acceptable," the CPI leaders observed.

They said anything which could not be shared with Parliament will always leave the doubt that there is something fishy about it.

"The whole government's approach in this regard is non-transparent, secretive, and ignoring the parties concerned. Leave apart the people of the country, the government is not ready to take even the supporting parties into confidence," they said.

However, they agreed with the Congress's view that the G-8 Summit should not be linked with the nuclear deal.

Rupchand Pal, CPI-M chief whip in the Lok Sabha, said, "It is very clear as soon as the government confirms that it is going to approach the IAEA, the Left will immediately withdraw the support." On the PM's promise to face Parliament before operationalising the deal, the Marxist leader said the Sense of the House was already against the deal.

"Earlier, the government gave the argument that it is not constitutionally bound to seek the approval of the House for negotiating and executing the international agreement.

"Therefore, the PM's contention is redundant and politically deceitful." Forward Bloc general secretary Debabrata Biswas said. While the CPI is holding a meeting of its national executive in New Delhi on Thursday, his own party will also review the critical situation and take the decision.

"We, all the Left parties, will also hold a joint meeting on July 4 and take a unified decision that as soon as the government goes ahead with the deal we will withdraw support to the government."


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