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UPA, Left meet to resolve N deal differences

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Mar 17, 2008 at 06:29pm IST

New Delhi: The Indo-US nuclear deal will top the agenda of the UPA-Left meet on Monday.

Both the Prime Minister and the Congress President are confident that the government will last its full term. At the UPA-Left meeting convened on Monday, the attempt will be to balance political compulsions with international commitments.

The IAEA draft on India-specific safeguards will be handed over to the Left leaders.

"I'm talking with the Left leaders and we are trying to sort out and resolve the issue,” said External Affairs Minister Pranab Mukherjee.

The Left has threatened to withdraw support to the government if the deal is operationalised without being cleared by the UPA-Left committee. The Left could even delay matters in vetting the complicated and technical draft of India-specific safeguards and there is even talk of letting a minority government function if the UPA decides to sign the deal despite protest by the Left parties.

"If we withdraw support, whether the government is reduced to a minority and continues or not, is for parliament to say, “ said CPI General Secretary A B Bardhan.

After a populist Budget, many thought that 2008 would be the year of elections. However, with a change in strategy from both sides, it is apparent that no one wants an early end to the spoils of power.

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