(Weekly Organ of the Communist Party of India
06 , 2008
Minister's Disregard For Parliament
following is the text of the press release issued by the Communist
Party of India (Marxist) on July 1, 2008.
The prime minister has repeated
once again that the government will seek the sense of parliament after
the Safeguards Agreement is approved by the Board of the International
Atomic Energy Agency and the waiver is got from the Nuclear Suppliers
What does this proposal amount
to? Here are some of the facts:
- The 123 agreement was signed
between India and the United States in July 2007. This agreement was
not put before parliament before it was signed. As soon as the text of
the 123 agreement was made public, the Left parties and other political
parties, which represent a majority in parliament, came out against it.
- After the 123 agreement was
signed as per the India-US nuclear deal, the next steps to be taken to
operationalise the agreement are: 1) India going to the IAEA for the
Safeguards Agreement 2) the US approaching the Nuclear Suppliers Group
for getting India a waiver from the guidelines.
- The government has gone to the
IAEA and negotiated a Safeguards Agreement. The text of this agreement
has not been shown either to the UPA-Left committee or made public. The
government now insists on going ahead for getting the Board's approval
without anyone seeing the text or the UPA-Left committee giving its
- As per the prime minister's
proposal, the government should be allowed to take the next step of
getting the Nuclear Suppliers Group's waiver.
- After both the steps taken for
operationalisation of the deal, the prime minister promises to take the
sense of parliament. This would
mean a fait accompli, as the only
step left would be the vote in the US Congress.
- We wish to point out that
already in December 2007, both the houses of parliament comprehensively
discussed the 123 agreement. It is on record that except for the UPA
parties, all other parties which constitute the majority expressed
reservations about the 123 agreement and urged the government not to
Hence, the repetition of the
proposal by the prime minister shows a disregard for parliament. It
reveals nothing but an obsession to fulfill the commitment made to
president Bush in July 2005 in which the people of this country and
parliament had no say.