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Press Trust of India
Kolkata, June 16, 2006
A day after the Left parties came out with a report card on the performance of the UPA government, veteran Marxist leader Jyoti Basu said that the Left were unhappy with it, and were specially upset with its pro-American tilt. Speaking to reporters at the CPI(M) headquarters, Basu also said that the Left parties had given a month's time to the government to study the note submitted by them.

"In general, we are not happy on what they (Centre) are doing. We have given them one month's time. They will study (the note) after which we will meet again," Basu said.

Basu, who was speaking after the party's weekly state secretariat meeting, said that "in foreign policy, they are tilting towards America and this is not to our liking."

The note submitted to the Prime Minister Manmohan Singh on Thursday criticised the Centre for deviating from the Common Minimum Programme on key economic and foreign policy issues.

But, it appreciated some of its initiatives like the OBC quota in educational institutions and the rural employment guarantee scheme.