IUML concerned over nuclear fuel supplies issue (Lead)

September 13th, 2008 - 11:33 pm ICT by IANS  

New Delhi/Kozhikode, Sep 13 (IANS) The Indian Union Muslim League (IUML) Saturday expressed concern over President George Bush’s controversial assertion that US assurances to India about reliable supply of nuclear fuel were “political commitments” and not legally binding. The party’s national executive meeting at New Delhi would discuss the issue Sunday, a party official said.The nuclear deal with the US should not harm the broad interest of the nation, E.T. Muhammed Basheer, IUML Kerala state secretary, told IANS Saturday.

Basheer said the government must clear its stand on the India-US nuclear deal issue.

“Reports keep on coming from various quarters on different positions of the deal. So the government must take a strong position to protect the national interest,” said Basheer.

The party will elect its national president at the meeting Sunday. The post fell vacant due to the death of then party president G.M. Banatwala in June.

Basheer said he did not expect an election for the national president’s post. “The decision will be unanimous,” he said.

According to reports, the names of IUML Kerala unit president Panakkad Muhammadali Shihab Thangal, national vice-president K.M. Kader Mohideen and national general secretary and Minister of State for Foreign Affairs E. Ahamed figure in the list of probables.

Kader Mohideen is an MP from Vellore in Tamil Nadu, who won the election as a DMK candidate.

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