Special Correspondent

NEW DELHI: The national secretariat of the Communist Party of India (CPI) on Sunday reiterated the Left parties opposition to operationalisation of the India-U.S. nuclear deal.

Two days after Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and United Progressive Alliance chairperson Sonia Gandhi discounted the possibility of an early election, the CPI said it had not received any formal communication from the government on any change in its position on the deal. “We will see what they have to say at the October 22 meeting of the UPA-Left committee on the deal,” CPI national secretary D. Raja said.

The meeting of the national secretariat was scheduled prior to Dr. Singh and Ms. Gandhi’s comments at the Hindustan Times Leadership Summit. It discussed the prevailing political situation, particularly with reference to the nuclear deal. Price rise was another issue that came up; particularly in the light of the party’s ongoing campaign against it.

The CPI national executive has been scheduled for October 29 followed by a two-day sitting of the national council from October 30.