Bardhan accuses UPA of violation of CMP on N-deal issue

March 23rd, 2008 - 9:40 pm ICT by admin  

Hyderabad, Mar 23 (ANI): Communist Party of India (CPI) General Secretary A B Bardhan today accused the Congress-led UPA Government of violating the Common Minimum Programme (CMP) on the issue of Indo-US civil nuclear deal in his inaugural address to the 20 National Congress of CPI here.
He said the CMP committed the UPA to pursue an independent foreign policy, aimed at promoting multi-polarity in world relations.
“We are watching with deep concern the Government’s policies which, step by step, are leading to a close strategic partnership between India and the US. The nuclear deal is not just an innocent attempt to gain access to nuclear energy but an attempt to cap the strategic partnership,” he added.
Bardhan also called for finding a third political alternative through common struggles based on a Left and democratic programme.
“Our party thinks it is time we make every effort to build a Left and democratic alternative to both Congress and Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) rule through common struggles on people’s issues and by evolving an alternative Left and democratic programme,” he said.
Without directly mentioning the United National Progressive Alliance (UNPA), a conglomeration of regional parties keen on forging a Third Front. He said, “There are other secular, democratic parties and groups who are also looking for such alternative. We have to interact with them and try to draw them into common struggles for forging such an alternative.”
The National Congress of the CPI is a four-day event, which is being attended by over 1,000 delegates, including Communist guests from 30 countries.
Senior party leaders, including D Raja, S Sudhakar Reddy and representatives of CPI (M), the All India Forward Bloc and the Revolutionary Socialist Party, are also attending the meeting.
The meeting will discuss various other issues such as the price rise, the agrarian crisis and problems related to the unorganised sector. Strategies for the 2009 general elections will also be worked out. (ANI)

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