UPA-Left nuke panel meet postponed

November 14th, 2007 - 10:22 am ICT by admin  

CPI (M) Secretary D Raja, who is the member of the 15-member panel, said that the postponement has been formally communicated to the Left parties by the UPA alliance.

During the winter session a discussion on the deal is expected.

The UPA-Left meeting is likely only after the session concludes on December 7.

The UPA-Left committee, formed to resolve disagreements between the two sides over the nuclear deal, was to meet for the sixth time on November 16. Its last meeting was held on October 22.

The deal faces an informal US deadline related to securing approval of America’s Congress well before presidential polls next year.

Three more steps are required to operationalise the deal that include, safeguard agreement with the IAEA, amendment in the 45-member Nuclear Suppliers Group’s charter and the passing of the 123-agreement by the US Congress.

The deal had brought the Manmohan Singh led UPA government to the brink of collapse as the Left parties, that provide outside support to the coalition government, threatened to withdraw its support if the pact is pursued.

The communists have rejected the deal, saying it hurts India’s sovereignty and imposes US hegemony. (ANI)

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