Indian communists adamant about nuke deal

India's largest communist party is expected to reinforce its opposition to a nuclear deal with the United States, but is unlikely to take an immediate decision on ending support to the government, leaders said on Thursday.

Indian communists adamant about nuke deal
India's largest communist party is expected to reinforce its opposition to a nuclear deal with the United States, but is unlikely to take an immediate decision on ending support to the government, leaders said on Thursday.

"The central committee will more or less endorse the stand of the politburo against the deal," one senior leader of the Communist Party of India (Marxist), told Reuters on condition of anonymity.

Asked if the two-day meeting of the committee which began on Wednesday would ask the party to withdraw support to Prime Minister Manmohan Singh's government, another CPI(M) leader said: "We do not want to precipitate the present crisis".

"The party will put pressure on the government to not operationalise the deal. If the government goes ahead, the final decision will be taken by the politburo," he added.

The comments by the left leaders came as India's benchmark share index briefly fell into negative territory on political concerns but then rebounded more than 1 percent in just a few minutes.

The left has asked the government not to go ahead with negotiations with the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) next month to conclude a key safeguards agreement until all its concerns over the deal are addressed.

The CPI(M) politburo last week warned the government of "serious consequences" if it went ahead.

Reuters
Last Mod: 23 Ağustos 2007, 17:28
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