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Left to fall on Bush like a ton of bricks

There would be rallies in all state capitals during Bush?s stay in the country, reports Aloke Banerjee.

india Updated: Feb 06, 2006 01:03 IST

The Centre may have been trying hard to keep the schedule of US president George W. Bush’s trip to India under wraps, but the Left parties already seem to know of it. And they are planning accordingly.

The CPM has been tipped by its “sources” that Bush would be reaching the country late on March 1 night and it has planned a series of demonstrations to greet him. Party sources said Bush would spend March 2 in Delhi, and that there would be a joint demonstration — “of unprecedented scale” — by all the Left parties and trade unions.

The CPM has also learnt that Bush would visit Hyderabad on March 3 and fly off to Pakistan the next day. Accordingly, a demonstration has been planned in Hyderabad.

Apart from the two big demonstrations, there would be rallies in all state capitals during Bush’s stay in the country, CPM sources said.

The CPM, which had initially planned a stormy demonstration inside Parliament, dropped the idea after coming to know that Bush wouldn’t attend a joint session to avoid embarrassment during his trip. “We will raise slogans against Bush in such a manner that he will remember it for long,” a top CPM leader said. “He’s the number one enemy of the people and is trying to re-colonise the world. The government is playing into the hands of Bush and we will oppose that too,” he added.

The CPM has called an emergency Left Front meeting in Kolkata on Sunday to discuss the modalities of the proposed demonstrations.

US Consulate sources said they did not have details of Bush’s visit yet and wondered how the Left came to know of it so early. “The programmes of the president are open to last-minute changes,” a source said.

In that case, the Left parties will have to reschedule all their programmes.

First Published: Feb 06, 2006 01:03 IST