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BJP, RSS leaders praise Karat

Many top BJP leaders cannot stop admiring CPI-M general secretary Prakash Karat whose tough stand at his televised press conferences has even impressed the RSS, reports Shekhar Iyer.

delhi Updated: Jul 13, 2008 02:02 IST
Shekhar Iyer

My enemy’s enemy is my friend may be an old dictum, but many top BJP leaders cannot stop admiring CPI-M general secretary Prakash Karat whose tough stand at his televised press conferences has even impressed the RSS.

Senior BJP and RSS leaders say Karat has shown leadership by steering his party away from the Congress, refusing to take the “humiliation” even it meant political isolation for some time. A senior BJP leader said: “We do not agree with Karat or with the CPI(M) on many issues and we are politically poles apart. But we cannot help being impressed by his style he is clear in his arguments against the government. The Congress-Left divorce may be temporary, but it shows Karat is tough.” Another BJP leader said: “Though we expected the Left to part ways with the Congress sooner or later, we did not believe that Karat would really do what as he has done even when opinion within the Left is divided.”

An editorial in the latest issue of RSS mouthpiece Organiser said Karat was “right” in withdrawing support to the Congress- led UPA government on the Indo-US nuclear deal. “Karat has reasons to be fuming. He has accused the Congress of humiliating his party and betraying its trust. He is right,” it said.

The editorial accused the Congress of not extending even the courtesy towards the Left parties and charged the ruling party of being dishonest towards its coalition partners. “The Congress did not extend the courtesy of showing the Left, the original draft of the deal. It is a public document. It was on the IAEA website since July 9,” it added.

“The Congress lied to the CPI-M that the safeguards agreement was a secret document and that only the members of the Cabinet can see it,” the editorial said. The editorial also sought to know why the Congress sidelined the Left at this juncture. “But why? Is the Congress so fed up with the Left shenanigans? Is the deal so great to stake the government?” it asked.

Asked about the RSS’ praise for Karat, senior BJP leader Venkaiah Naidu said: “It is the duty of the government to have shared the draft IAEA paper with the Left. We do think that the government betrayed the trust of its allies.