The Left would oppose US 'conspiracy' to make India its strategic partner through the Indo-US civil nuclear deal, CPI-M Politburo member Brinda Karat said on Saturday.
We will oppose the US conspiracy to make India its strategic partner through the deal. We will not support it ... The deal has no consensus in Parliament," she told a press conference in Ranchi.
"At a time when the people are worried over price rise, we ask the UPA government why is it worried over US?" Karat said wondering why the Centre was again seeking to move forward the deal.
On BJP President Rajnath Singh's accusations of the Left parties being worried more over protecting Chinese interests than those of the country, she said "it seems BJP is speaking the language of America."
"Rajnath Singh is the President of a party which has a policy of double standards. Strobe Talbott (former US deputy secretary) himself revealed that a BJP leader talked to him secretly," she said.
"Whatever BJP might say with an aim to put pressure on Left parties, we will oppose the US making India its strategic partner through the Indo-US civil nuclear deal."
Asked whether the UPA government at the Centre would complete its final lap in office, Karat said "that is a question you have to ask the UPA leaders."
Asked which compulsion made the Left to continue its support to the UPA government despite voicing concern over the deal, Karat said the Left had clearly stated its position several times during the past four years.
"People had voted four years ago to give a secular government ... So, the Left parties cannot allow BJP, NDA and Hindutva forces hijack the Constitution."
The Left parties were not asking the UPA to adopt their policies. "We are just asking the government to implement the common minimum programme," she said.
Expressing concern over the 'massive leap' in inflation, Karat said the earlier jumps had been half percent or one percent. "But yesterday, the inflation rate stood at 11.05 per cent, a jump of 3.05 per cent."
Pointing out that the increase in inflation was due to recent hike in prices of petroleum products, Karat demanded that the UPA government impose tax on profits made by private oil sectors.
It was the wrong policies of the Manmohan Singh government that led to the rapid increase in prices, she alleged and demanded steps to lessen the burden of the common people.