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Complete surrender, says Left

Reacting to the approval of the Indo-US nuclear deal, CPI-M's Prakash Karat said if the Cong-led Govt still goes ahead and signs the 123 agreement, it will be a betrayal of India's vital interests.

india Updated: Oct 03, 2008 01:04 IST
Nagendar Sharma

ON A day when the country woke up to find the India-US nuclear deal turn into a reality, the Left parties on Thursday unleashed vitriol at the Manmohan Singh government, calling it a "complete surrender" to the Americans.

The four Left parties decided to observe a "Black Day" on Saturday when US Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice would arrive in Delhi to sign the deal.

The Left, which withdrew support to the UPA government on the same issue, has charged it with betraying "India's vital interests".

CPI(M) general secretary, Prakash Karat said the deal passed by the US Congress "was a bad deal and an unequal treaty".

Karat, who had earlier this year publicly declared that the nuclear deal "was dead", told reporters that Prime Minister Manmohan Singh did not keep his word of coming back to Parliament after getting a clearance from the Nuclear Suppliers Group.

"Now even the US Congress has adopted the law to give effect to the 123 Agreement and Indian Parliament is nowhere in sight. That promise has been given a go by," Karat said.