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BJP "pro-imperialist", says Left

The CPI (M) said on Sunday that the Left parties would never join the "pro-imperialist" BJP to oppose the Indo-US civil nuclear deal, reports Sutirtho Patranobis.

india Updated: Aug 19, 2007 22:43 IST
Sutirtho Patranobis
Sutirtho Patranobis
Hindustan Times

The CPI (M) said on Sunday that the Left parties would never join the "pro-imperialist" BJP to oppose the Indo-US civil nuclear deal or topple the UPA Government.

CPI (M) general secretary, Prakash Karat’s, Sunday statement was an attempt to clear the perception that the Left and Right were on the same side on the nuclear issue. He was also reacting to BJP president Rajnath Singh’s statement on Saturday where Singh mentioned that Left was not serious enough about opposing the deal because they were unwilling to join hands with the saffron party.

"The CPI (M) is certain not to have any truck with such a pro-imperialist party," Karat, said in a scathing statement on Sunday.

Since the day controversy over the agreement began to brew, the BJP had called for political solidarity against the government over it and had asked the Left to choose between power and national interest, and withdraw support to the Congress-led UPA government. Opposition leader LK Advani had also called up Karat and had sent him a copy of the note that contained BJP’s reasons for opposing the deal.

But the nature of opposition of the parties to the deal is different. The BJP for one is neither against a strategic partnership with US nor is it against a military cooperation with them. Senior leader Nilotopal Basu said: "they have never spoken against U imperialism. The BJP in fact started the process of the nuclear deal."

The Left parties on the other hand want the deal scrapped because they feel that the 123 Agreement is bound to the Hyde Act, the India-specific US domestic law.

The CPI (M) also outright dismissed BJP’s claim that the Left parties were not serious in opposing the deal. Karat said: "The Left parties opposition to the nuclear cooperation agreement with the United States has been clearly spelt out from the outset in 2005."

Karat responded by saying, "we do not share the views of the BJP on the matter, since their approach has been to bargain with the United States for a favourable nuclear adjustment while accepting the status of a subordinate ally of the US."

"The six year record of the BJP-led government was infamous for its kowtowing to the US," Karat said adding that the NDA, in its "eagerness" to be a "natural ally" of the US, had even considered sending Indian troops to Iraq.

First Published: Aug 19, 2007 18:41 IST