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'Left, UPA differences not unnatural'

CPI(M) leader Sitaram Yechury said his party got a "lot of things done" despite growing differences with UPA Govt.

india Updated: Mar 12, 2006 20:38 IST

Notwithstanding the Centre giving a cold shoulder to concerns expressed by Left parties, CPI(M) leader Sitaram Yechury said his party has got a "lot of things done" for the people despite growing differences with the UPA government.

"There is a definite growth in the distance in certain areas like foreign policy where there has been serious departure in what has been committed by the UPA in the national common minimum programme," he told Karan Thapar in an interview for 'Devil's Advocate' aired on CNN-IBN.

Yechury said the differences between the Left Front and the Congress-led UPA should not be seen as "unnatural".

"There will be issues where there is conformity, there will be issues where there are disputes," he said.

The CPI(M) Politburo member said that despite the differences with the ruling alliance his party was getting a lot of things done for the people.

"I am getting a lot of things done for the people with this. I am also continuously putting my pressure on the Government," he said.

Citing the National Rural Employment Guarantee Scheme, the Tribal Rights Bill as its major achievements, the CPI(M) leader said all apprehensions on the Indo-US nuclear deal were met only because of the pressure of the Left parties.

"The Prime Minister (Manmohan Singh) accepted our concerns (over the nuclear deal), and that is a fact," he said.