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CPI-M politburo discusses n-deal, Nandigram


New Delhi : The Communist Party of India-Marxist (CPI-M) politburo, which began its two-day meet here Monday, will prepare a draft of a political resolution for the 19th party congress in March, said party leader Sitaram Yechury.

“We are discussing the first draft of the political resolution. It will go to the party central committee, which is meeting Dec 20-22, for finalising,” he told reporters here.

The 19th CPI-M party congress is scheduled for March in Coimbatore. The party congress, which takes place every three years, elects new members to the apex decision-making bodies like the politburo and the Central Committee. It finalises the party’s stance on major policies.

According to CPI-M sources, the politburo discussed the Left Front’s green signal to the Manmohan Singh government for negotiations on India-specific safeguards agreement with the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA). The debate in the Lok Sabha on the India-US nuclear deal also figured during discussions.

The CPI-M and its three allies, which support Prime Minister Manmohan Singh’s government from outside, have been opposing the nuclear deal.

The four Left parties have allowed the government to go ahead with negotiations on the India-specific safeguards with the IAEA to carry forward the 123 agreement. But the Left has asked the government to come back to the United Progressive Alliance (UPA)-Left nuclear committee before initialising the safeguards agreement.

The politburo also discussed other issues like violence in party-ruled West Bengal’s Nandigram area and the recent unrest in that state over controversial Bangladeshi author Taslima Nasreen’s stay in Kolkata.

The violence-hit Nandigram, where the CPI-M activists and villagers are opposing the land acquisition have clashed repeatedly, is returning to normalcy after the central forces were deployed last month.

The sources said the politburo asked its West Bengal unit to sort out the party’s differences with the Left allies over the Nandigram violence.