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UPA-Left meet to discuss Iran issue

The CPI(M) has warned that a new situation would emerge if Govt voted against Iran at the IAEA meeting.

india Updated: Feb 13, 2006 12:10 IST

The UPA-Left Coordination Committee is meeting on Monday against the backdrop of deteriorating ties over Iran and other issues between the Congress-led coalition and its outside supporters.

The meeting is being held at a time when the Left has announced "common understanding" on several matters, including Iran, with Samajwadi Party, which along with TDP has threatened to move a no-confidence motion in the Budget session of Parliament beginning on February 16.

The CPI(M) politburo meeting concluded in Kolkata on Friday with its leaders issuing a veiled threat to Congress that a new situation would emerge if government voted against Iran at the March 6 IAEA meeting.

The Left is also livid at the government's attitude on airports privatisation and FDI in retail trade. What has added fuel to the fire is that these developments were occurring ahead of Assembly elections in five states, including West Bengal and Kerala where Congress is their main rival.

Asserting that the Left was not bound by any coalition as they were supporting the UPA from outside, CPI(M) General Secretary Prakash Karat has said "it seems that they have taken it for granted that discussion with the Left on various policy matters was sufficient to go ahead with their decision, irrespective of our point of view."

The Iran issue has brought the second major rupture between the coalition and its key outside supporters after the controversy over BHEL disinvestment last year, which had led the Left to boycott the Coordination Committee till the government gave in to the pressure and declared that no 'navaratna' company would be privatised.

The CPI-M asserted that the Left was not bound by any coalition as they were supporting the UPA from outside.

The Left has also talked about the possibility of floating the third front if the situation deteriorates.

First Published: Feb 13, 2006 11:25 IST