Left is right, says RSS

Updated on Aug 26, 2007 02:43 AM IST

RSS supports the Left's stand over the Indo-US nuclear deal, reports Hemendra Singh Bartwal.

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Hindustan Times | ByHemendra Singh Bartwal, New Delhi

Exhibiting a rare gesture of support for the Left, its ideological enemy RSS has said that its stand over the Indo-US nuclear deal is fully justified.

The Sangh has also accused Prime Minister Manmohan Singh of treating the communists shoddily by going public over their differences on the issue.

"Whatever be the explanation for the Congress party's new-found arrogance, the Left is justified in its posturing (over the nuclear deal)…There is no mention of the deal in the common minimum programme under which this bizarre government was formed. There was no need for the UPA to take forward the deal compromising national interest," stated an editorial in the latest issue of Sangh mouthpiece 'Organiser'.

Accusing the ruling UPA of resorting to tricks to avoid early elections, it said Singh could have avoided a confrontation with the Left over the deal.

"The Left is understandably hurt that the Prime Minister chose to take to the streets a matter that could have been sorted out at the dining table," according to the editorial.

It opined that the withdrawal of support to the UPA Government would be the most honourable course open to the Left but it was "confounded" by the fear of facing early elections.

In the other RSS publication, 'Panchjanya', Sangh senior leader Madan Das Devi said if the communists were sincere in their belief that the agreement was not in India's interest, then they must take their opposition to it to a logical conclusion.

“This is a test of the communists’ commitment to the nation. They must prove that the country, not power, is more important for them. If they support the government in Parliament and oppose it in newspapers, it would not be honest,” he stated.

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