UPA-Left panel on N-Deal to meet on June 25
The UPA-Left meeting on Indo-US nuclear deal is likely on June 25 as scheduled. Forward Bloc leader Debabrata Biswas confirmed this, saying “there is no change in the date.” CPI(M) leader Sitaram Yechury, now in London, will return to attend it.
All the Left parties plan meetings of their top policy bodies after this meeting. Left legislators are also against early elections, despite the hawkish line of the CPI(M)’s Prakash Karat. External affairs minister Pranab Mukherjee, now in Australia, returns on Tuesday.
Under CPI(M) pressure, the Samajwadi Party plans to call a meeting of the UNPA. SP chief Mulayam Singh Yadav’s unilateral “tilt” towards the Congress had upset the Reds. Yadav will waits till his lieutenant Amar Singh, now in the United States, comes home.
The SP is keen to join hands with the Congress, but doesn’t want to upset the Marxists. “I am in touch with Prakash Karat,” Amar Singh kept saying in interviews to TV channels all day. The CPI(M) said it would be difficult for the SP to back the deal as it would affect its Muslim vote bank. DMK chief M. Karunanidhi, meanwhile, put off plans to visit Delhi for talks on the nuclear deal.