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Buddhadeb flays UPA for over-dependence on US

The West Bengal CM also says that Left was supporting UPA out of compulsion and to keep the BJP out of power.

india Updated: Nov 23, 2006 05:21 IST

Flaying the UPA government at the Centre for its "over-dependence" on United States of America for the nuclear policy, West Bengal Chief Minister Buddhadeb Bhattacharjee said CPI-M was strongly against its economic, political and military hegemony.

"We need an alternative ... China is an emerging power," he said inaugurating the golden jubilee of the West Bengal Government Employees' State Coordination Committee.

The Left was supporting the UPA "out of compulsion", despite differences on many issues, to keep BJP out of power and not because of "any special affinity".

"Nor is the support unconditional," he said.

He said the development module adopted in West Bengal was in line with China's experience. That country has now only six per cent contribution from agriculture and as much as 71 per cent from industry in its anuual development.

In West Bengal, the agriculture sector contributed 26 per cent, industries 24 per cent and service sector 50 per cent, he said.

Prime Minister Manmohan Singh had admitted the success of the state's agrarian economy, which had been possible because of the land reforms.

"Based on our success in the agri sector, we want industrial progress in the state," he said, adding it was this policy which gave the Left Front three-fourth majority in the assembly polls this year.

First Published: Nov 23, 2006 05:21 IST