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Leaning towards US will weaken India's identity: Yechury

The CPI(M) today alleged that it was under pressure from the US that India voted against Iran on an IAEA resolution and warned that too much leaning towards Washington would "weaken" the country's identity.

india Updated: Nov 28, 2009 16:04 IST

The CPI(M) on Saturday alleged that it was under pressure from the US that India voted against Iran on an IAEA resolution and warned that too much leaning towards Washington would "weaken" the country's identity.

"India was not in the tour itinerary during US President Barack Obama's visit to Japan, China, Singapore and Korea. But Obama invited Prime Minister Manmohan Singh when our Parliament session was on, that required replies from the prime minister on several important issues," CPI(M) Politburo member Sitaram Yechury said at a news conference in Ranchi.

"This shows how India is following American time table despite being the world's largest democracy. Too much leaning towards America will weaken our identity and reduce our self-respect," he said.

Warning against any deviation from the nation's stand on NPT and CTBT, Yechury alleged that it was under pressure from America that India voted against Iran on an IAEA resolution, which censured that country's nuclear programme.

"It appears India will also buckle under American pressure on climate change, which will affect eradication of poverty in our country," he said, asking the Centre to protect the nation's interests in sectors like energy and agriculture.

"We have to protect ourselves from such pressures," he said.

The Left leader also sought to know why India required a "reassurance" from President Obama instead of straight away implementing the Indo-US nuclear deal sealed during George W Bush's presidency.

"Why not implement the deal signed during Bush regime? What is there for reassurance?" asked Yechury reacting to Obama's "reassurance" to Singh on the deal during his recent US visit.

"We fear India might be forced by America to sign NPT and CTBT under the garb of the deal, which will only profit American Corporations," he alleged.