Withdrawing support on Nuke-deal issue wasn’t right: Bardhan

June 5th, 2009 - 9:50 pm ICT by ANI  

Manmohan Singh New Delhi, June 5 (ANI): Communist Party of India’s General Secretary A. B. Bardhan on Friday admitted withdrawing support to Dr. Manmohan Singh Government on nuclear deal issue was not a right decision of the Left front.

“We could have broken with them on other issues, like economic issues, but pulling support on the nuclear deal was not right,” Bardhan told a TV channel on Friday.

“Our view on the nuclear deal was right but the people did not understand it. Even the Congress did not go to the people during the elections with the nuclear deal,” Bardhan said.

On the issue of Third Front, Bardhan said: “In fact, to be honest, the Third Front never existed. It was just understandings with different regional parties in different states.”

Bardhan observed the Left should have worked to explain all the policies that the Left worked with the government to bring about the rural employment guarantee scheme, keeping foreign investment from banking and insurance sectors, and the tribal rights bill instead of going to the polls with the idea of the Third Front.

Bardhan also admitted that the Singur and Nandigram violence cost the Left front the elections and his consistent opposition to it.

“Even when Singur and Nandigram was happening there were people in the Left who objected and criticised what was happening. I wrote a series of articles against it.”

Bardhan in his “self-reflective” mood suggested to all parties of the Left to introspect and that “no one can be excluded from taking personal responsibility.” (ANI)

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