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‘Left’ out as Govt. holds talks with IAEA

Posted on: 10 July 2008

Manmohan and Karat

The Left parties, key allies to the Congress-led UPA government, have withdrawn support to the government expressing their disappointment with the former’s decision to go ahead with the nuke deal. Mr. Pranab Mukherjee had earlier stated that the govt. talks with IAEA would take place only after the government won the vote of confidence in the Parliament. But the Prime Minister, on his trip to the G8 Summit, stated that the Indo-US nuclear deal discussions with IAEA would take place. This came as a surprise to the Left parties and they went ahead with their decision to withdraw support. On Wednesday, Prakash Karat, CPM general secretary, and a couple of senior party leaders, submitted the Letter of disapproval to the President. Prakash Karat said ”We cannot be a party to a government which is callous to the sufferings of the people and whose priority is to fulfill its commitment to US President George Bush and not to the people of India.” The government though looks confident that this will not affect its stability.

The tussle between the Congress party and the Left parties about the Indo-US civil nuclear deal went on for months. The government has been longing to get the clearance for the deal even as the Left parties maintained their stand against the same. The Left criticised the government for not maintaining transparancy about the nuke deal and had even warned the government of withdrawing support if it continued its efforts to sign the deal. The government though obviated this, giving a damn to the Left’s admonition. The drama was finally unfolded when the Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh’s stated that the discussions with IAEA (International Atomic Energy Agency), w.r.t. the deal would take place.

While it is curtains down for the nuke deal Imbroglio, I was puzzled after reading a politician’s comment about this issue. How I wish a few politicians should be taught / made to understand the essence of using common sense (if they have any)? The comment was made by one of the senior most politicians Mr. Veerappa Moily criticising the Left’s decision and the timing. Mr. Moily, Chairman of Media Dept. for the AICC, was quoted as saying “When the entire nation is mourning those killed in the Kabul blast, the Left has chosen to make the announcement. It is most unfortunate. They think their prestige is more important than the nation’s prestige.” Now what has the Left’s decision to withdraw support got to do with the Indians killed in Kabul? Could someone please enlighten me?

Image Courtesy: NDTV


4 Responses to "‘Left’ out as Govt. holds talks with IAEA"

If UPA’s attempt to find a permanent solution to the energy crisis could be dubbed by Left as “being callous to the suffering of the people”, there is nothing wrong in Veerappa Moily’s unreasonable statement. If any one has to be reprimanded in this whole affair, it is Left which is working against the national interests. However, I feel surprised how a foolish person like Moily is appointed as Chairman of Media Dept. for the AICC.

The Left parties bring with them age old practices and ideas which they claim to benefit the nation and its populace. We can’t expect them to think or act better. And as for Moily holding that position, I believe most of the party leaders, with a few exceptions, in the centre are just duds and followers of Mrs. Gandhi.

I always wondered how people like Manmohan and the people of Left parties co-existed. I donno why the Left parties have remained the way they were some 100 years ago while the whole world seems to go ahead.

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