While continuing with its onslaught against the Indo-US nuclear deal, the Left has warned the Congress to stick to the Common Minimum Programme (CMP).
In a public meeting held at Patkar Hall in Mumbai on Thursday, Communist Party of India (Marxist) General Secretary Prakash Karat said that it was not only a question of nuclear deal, but also the strategic partnership with the US that should be rolled back. "We will support the Congress only if they stick to the CMP which states that the country will have an independent foreign policy. Strategic partnership will end our independent policy and all sectors would be affected," he said.
Karat also assured that the Left would not allow entry of Wal-Mart in the country. "The nuclear deal is not to meet our energy requirement and security, it is to pave way for entry of Wal-Marts and foreign universities into the country. We disapprove of such strategic partnership where US would decide our country's development policy," he said.
"The US has said that the deal is the center-piece of its alliance with India. And if N-deal is materialised, we will become junior partners of the US. The Left will not allow this to happen. It is unfortunate that the Congress that has always stood for independent foreign policy is now becoming a slave of the US," said Karat.
He also warned that if the government does not pull away from the N-deal, there would be more instances like Enron
Communist Party of India (CPI) General Secretary AB Bardhan, who also spoke on the issue, said that the UPA government is following the footsteps of the NDA government. "At least the NDA government controlled itself and did not proceed further. On the other hand, the UPA government took further steps to reach up to the N-deal." Bardhan indicated that it was not very easy to pull out support. "But we will continue to put pressure on the Congress. There are many issues to be dealt with, including price rise and farmer suicides," he said.