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Karnataka Opposition to protest Bush visit

The rallies are being held not only against Bush's visit but also to oppose the Govt's pro-US policies.

india Updated: Feb 27, 2006 18:44 IST
Indo-Asian News Service
Indo-Asian News Service

Opposition parties in Karnataka are planning to hold rallies to protest the visit of US President George W Bush.

The Samajwadi Party, the Communist Party of India (Marxist), the Communist Party of India and the All India Progressive Janata Dal, along with social organisations, will hold demonstrations in all 27 district headquarters.

"The protest rallies are being held not only to express resentment against Bush's visit but also to oppose the pro-US policies of the UPA.

"They have voted against Iran's nuclear programme and succumbed to US pressure on the proposed nuclear deal," Samajwadi Party state unit president S Bangarappa said.

"We cannot be party to the government's support to US on the Iran nuclear issue. We also want US ambassador David Mulford to be recalled for interfering in the country's domestic affairs," Bangarappa added.

CPI(M) legislator GV Sriram Reddy said that the Left parties have been opposing the Indian government's stand on Iran, Iraq's invasion by the US and Bush's attempt to influence Indian foreign policy.

"The UPA government has been violating the country's independent foreign policy, as agreed to in the Common Minimum Programme," Reddy said.

CPI state secretary Siddana Gouda Patil said that the exploitative policies of the US were responsible for the multiple problems faced by India.

"The US has been misusing the World Bank and IMF to thrust its policies of liberalisation, privatisation and globalisation to undermine our industries, scientific development and agriculture," Patil said.

First Published: Feb 27, 2006 18:44 IST