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Cong forcing polls: Left

Left takes strong exception to Sonia Gandhi's comments against those opposing the Indo-US nuclear deal, reports Sutirtho Patranobis.

india Updated: Oct 08, 2007 03:21 IST
Sutirtho Patranobis
Sutirtho Patranobis
Hindustan Times

Left parties on Sunday took umbrage at Congress president Sonia Gandhi’s criticism of opponents of the Indo-US nuclear deal and accused the Congress of driving the country closer to early general elections.

In a veiled attack on the Left, Sonia told a rally in Jhajjar that those creating hurdles in development programmes were not only enemies of the Congress but people as well.

On Sunday, the Left too raised its pitch but made it a point to emphasise that it should not be blamed for the collapse of the government.

The sharpened rhetoric from both sides comes ahead of the meeting of the committee of Left and government leaders set up to resolve their differences over the nuclear deal on Tuesday.

“It appears from the remarks of the Congress leadership, Soniaji in particular, that the Congress is keen to foist an election on the people. The Congress seems to be determined to let this government collapse and force an election on the people,” said Communist Party of India general secretary AB Bardhan.

Asked when he expected the elections to be held, Bardhan said: “Could be sometime in February.”

RSP leader Abani Roy, however, believed that the Left should withdraw support to the government as there was no other alternative before it. "We have to pull out. Yes, there is not doubt about it," a PTI report quoted Roy as saying.

Forward Bloc General Secretary Debabrata Biswas was also quoted describing the Left having adopted a "principled position which cannot be compromised."

First Published: Oct 07, 2007 21:07 IST