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Left report mars UPA Govt's celebrations

The Left charged the Govt with failure in tackling the agrarian crisis and price rise and accused it of vigorously pushing through privatisation and pursuing a pro-US foreign policy.

india Updated: May 22, 2006 23:35 IST

UPA allies Left parties on Monday painted a dismal picture of the government's performance on several fronts especially in economic and foreign policy matters and decided to oppose in and outside Parliament policies that affected people.

Reviewing the performance of the Congress-led Government, CPI(M), CPI, RSP and Forward Bloc charged it with failure in tackling the agrarian crisis and price rise and accused it of vigorously pushing through privatisation and pursuing a pro-US foreign policy.

"Increasingly, the UPA Government is pursuing a foreign policy, which detracts from the commitment made in the Common Minimum Programme for an independent foreign policy," they said and asserted that the Indo-US nuclear pact signed by the Manmohan Singh Government was of "serious concern."

"Under the guise of a nuclear cooperation agreement, the US is extracting a heavy price from India. India changed its stand on the Iran nuclear issue and it has embarked on a defence cooperation, which is increasingly aligning India as a strategic partner of the US in Asia," they said in a statement.

They said Washington was "directly exercising influence on domestic policy making" and cited India's energy policy, knowledge initiative in agricultural research in collaboration with US multinationals, demand for further liberalisation of the financial sector as instances.

"The Planning Commission has become the hub for the initiation and pushing for such policies, contrary to the spirit of the Common Minimum Programme," it alleged.