N-standoff: Left explores options outside UPA29 Sep 2007, 0239 hrs ISTNEW DELHI: A crucial meeting of CPM''s politburo got
under way in Kolkata on Friday amid clear indications that Left was not
just firm on its plan to punish the UPA government if it tried to
operationalise the nuclear deal, but may have also begun exploring
options which include voting against the government.
Senior Left sources told TOI that Left would ensure that government was
in no position to operationalise the nuclear deal with the US and could
even vote against the UPA regime on a no-trust motion. "We are not opposing the government for entertainment. We do not believe in a minority government.
We will vote against the government," a senior CPM source said before
leaving for Kolkata to participate in the politburo and central
committee meetings. Leaders of Left as well as SP and TDP were unsually secretive about the meeting.The participants - Mulayam Singh Yadav and Amar Singh
of SP, N Chandrababu Naidu and K Yerran Naidu from TDP and CPM''s
Prakash Karat and Sitaram Yechury - were unanimous in their assessment
that the government would reach out to IAEA for safeguards negotiations
after mid-October.If CPM''s leadership gives the green light to the plan
to force the government to take a trust vote in retaliation for opening
negotiations with IAEA, it would ensure the defeat of the government. BJP has no political qualms about supporting a no-confidence motion against the government irrespective of its sponsors.
UNPA''s sponsoring of a no-trust motion can help Left get over the
dilemma they face over how to penalise the government for pressing
ahead with the deal without attracting the blame of wrecking the
"secular" alliance.Left and UNPA leaders discern a certain disconnect
between Prime Minister Manmohan Singh''s zealous advocacy of the deal
and Congress''s more guarded support."I feel government will go to IAEA any time after October 15.The Left-UPA committee will also function till then," said a senior CPM leader.
Jayalalitha''s membership of the bloc had created a
hurdle since CPM is now staunchly aligned with her arch foe, TN CM M
While CPM''s stance will be known only after the weekend''s central
committee meeting, there were signs that the Left was not ready to
relax its hard line.
In fact, West Bengal chief minister Buddhadeb Bhattacharjee, thus far
seen as not willing to pull the plug immediately, made it apparent on
Thursday that the government would at no cost be allowed to
operationalise the deal.