Reds give notice for Iran debate
THE UPA-LEFT Coordination Committee meeting takes place on Monday in the backdrop of the Communists? growing ire with the Manmohan Singh government on economic and foreign policy issues, including the Iran vote, airport modernisation and FDI in retail.Updated: Feb 13, 2006 01:05 IST
THE UPA-LEFT Coordination Committee meeting takes place on Monday in the backdrop of the Communists’ growing ire with the Manmohan Singh government on economic and foreign policy issues, including the Iran vote, airport modernisation and FDI in retail.
The meeting comes virtually on the eve of Parliament’s budget session from February 16, with the Samajwadi Party and TDP planning to bring in a no-trust motion against the government on the Iran nuclear issue.
Left leaders like Prakash Karat and A.B. Bardhan have already said that they won’t rock the coalition, though they will put the regime in the dock on all the above issues and go for broader mobilisation of political forces “in and outside the alliance” to do so. To this effect, the SP and Left parties will hold a rally in the Capital on March 2.
Signaling that they shouldn’t be taken for granted, Left leaders, in keeping with their demand for a parliamentary debate on Iran, have reportedly given notice for a discussion under Rule 193, which doesn't entail a vote in the House. But they hope to get the backing of UPA allies like the DMK, MDMK and PMK when the issue is raised in Parliament.
The CPM, CPI, RSP and Forward Bloc will first meet at the CPM headquarters before they go for the Coordination Committee meeting at Prime Minister Manmohan Singh’s Race Course Road residence. UPA chairperson Sonia Gandhi will also be present.
The Iran issue is the second major irritant in UPA-Left relations. Last year, the Communists had boycotted the coordination panel over the government’s move to disinvest BHEL. They returned to the panel only after the government ruled out privatising any navratna company.
The Congress has sought to downplay the Left’s statements on the Iran and FDI issues. The general tendency is to link the Communists’ move to their tendency to address their constituencies in view of the forthcoming assembly elections in West Bengal and Kerala. They have also been at pains to emphasise that contentious issues can be resolved through dialogue and discussion.
The Left’s “dissatisfaction” with the government was reflected at the CPM’s politburo meeting in Kolkata and CPI’s secretariat meeting recently.
First Published: Feb 13, 2006 01:05 IST