CPI-M again attacks Manmohan on foreign policy

May 8th, 2009 - 3:51 pm ICT by IANS  

Manmohan Singh New Delhi, May 8 (IANS) The Communist Party of India-Marxist (CPI-M) has once again attacked Prime Minister Manmohan Singh for what it calls his pro-American foreign policy even as Congress leaders are trying to get the support of Left parties and their Third Front allies to form the government at the centre.
“The UPA (United Progressive Alliance) government led by Manmohan Singh has virtually surrendered to US imperialist pressures and committed India to ratify the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT),” the CPI-M said in an editorial in People’s Democracy, its mouthpiece, Thursday.

The CPI-M also said “the Congress’ overture to the Left come while it simultaneously justifies the India-US nuclear deal as being in supreme national interest”.

The criticism comes after an interview given by CPI-M chief Prakash Karat in which he is reported to have said Manmohan Singh “is not a person to be disliked”.

Referring to US Assistant Secretary of State Rose Gottemoeller’s comment that the nuclear deal along with several other steps taken by New Delhi in the recent past had brought India closer to the NPT, the CPI-M said India has all along refused to endorse the NPT and the CTBT as these were discriminatory treaties.

The Manmohan Singh-led government has negated the country’s earlier position on NPT and CTBT to “develop a strategic alliance with US imperialism by reducing India as its subordinate ally”.

The party said there was an utmost urgency to form a non-Congress secular government at the centre for “restoring and maintaining India’s place of pride in the international community by pursuing an independent foreign policy”.

Snubbing the Congress for suddenly “speaking in terms of a possible post-electoral understanding with the Left parties”, the CPI-M said: “This is nothing but an admission of the fact that the Congress has seen the writing on the wall that it cannot form the next government along with its existing allies.”

The CPI-M said the indispensability of the Left parties in the current Indian political situation has been articulated from various quarters, including “the current allies of both the BJP, like the JD-U, and the Congress, like the NCP and others.”

The party also said there will be a realignment of political forces leading to the emergence of a new secular combination post-elections.

The Left Front had withdrawn support from the UPA government last year over the India-US nuclear deal.

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