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No compromise with Centre on nuclear deal: Basu

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On the future: West Bengal Chief Minister Buddhadeb Bhattacharjee with Polit Bureau member Sitaram Yechury at the Left Front Central Committee meeting in Kolkata on Saturday.
On the future: West Bengal Chief Minister Buddhadeb Bhattacharjee with Polit Bureau member Sitaram Yechury at the Left Front Central Committee meeting in Kolkata on Saturday.

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“Let us see what the Congress has to say, after which appropriate action will be taken”

KOLKATA: The Communist Party of India (Marxist) will not “compromise” with the Congress-led United Progressive Alliance government on the India-United States nuclear deal and will wait and see how the latter responds to objections raised by the party after which appropriate steps will be taken.

“We [the CPI(M)] will not be able to make any compromises with the Centre [on the issue]… Let us see what they [Congress] have to now say, after which appropriate action will be taken, even though we expect a way out [of the stand-off],” veteran Marxist leader, Jyoti Basu, said here on Saturday. The party’s central committee has begun its three-day deliberations over issues that included the CPI(M)’s stand on the 123 agreement and the recent political developments in the country.

Mr. Basu ruled out differences over the party’s stand on the nuclear deal both within the Polit Bureau and between it and the central committee.

External Affairs Minister Pranab Mukherjee had called Mr. Basu from the United States on September 27 to enquire about the CPI(M)’s position on the nuclear deal, Mr. Basu said.

“He spoke to me and I told him that you will be coming for the [October 5] meeting. We will see [what will happen] then,” Mr. Basu said, referring to Mr. Mukherjee’s telephonic conversation with him.

Mr. Mukherjee is the convener of the 15-member UPA-Left committee which has been set up by the Centre to look into aspects of the nuclear deal which the CPI(M) as well as other Left parties have objected to, the implications of the Hyde Act and the impact of the agreement on the country’s foreign policy and energy security.

In reply to a question from newspersons whether the CPI(M) was approaching a confrontation with the Centre or would keep supporting the UPA government if the Centre operationalises it, Mr. Basu said: “There is a meeting of the [UPA-Left] committee slated for October 5 and another later in the month [October 14]. Let us see what happens and what stand the Congress takes.”

The central committee discussed steps in the event of an early general election and reiterated its disapproval over the Centre not abiding by the CMP. Revocation of the suspension from the Polit Bureau of Kerala Chief Minister V.S. Achuthanandan and the party’s State Secretary, Pinarayi Vijayan are to be discussed.

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