The Congress and the CPM expressed serious concerns on Tuesday over the signing of the Logistic Exchange Memorandum of Agreement (LEMOA) between India and the United States.
While the main opposition party claimed that it is a fundamental departure from the country’s time tested policy of “strategic military neutrality”, the CPI(M) said the Modi government has “compromised on Indian sovereignty and surrendered its strategic autonomy” by signing such an agreement with the “most powerful imperialist country” in the world.
The Congress also demanded that contents of the agreement be placed in public domain or at least shared with the leadership of opposition parties as the decision has been taken in an “opaque manner by stealth as also unilaterally”.
“It raises a genuine and grave apprehension regarding India being unwarrantedly drawn into an operational military design in the Asia-Pacific region and the Middle East,” Congress’ chief spokesperson Randeep Singh Surjewala said.
In a statement, the CPI(M) politburo said, “By signing such an agreement, India has acquired the formal status of a military ally of the US. Under this agreement the US airforce and navy can use Indian naval and air bases for logistics support, refueling and services on a regular basis.”