CPI-M denies differences in Left over n-deal

July 12th, 2008 - 8:26 pm ICT by IANS  

A file-photo of Manmohan Singh

New Delhi, July 12 (IANS) The Communist Party of India-Marxist (CPI-M) Saturday denied reports that veteran party leader Jyoti Basu had disagreed with the Left’s decision to vote against the UPA government along with the opposition BJP in the July 22 floor test in parliament. Terming the media reports as “fabricated”, the CPI-M politburo said they were “being floated to hamper the rallying of all the forces who are committed to oppose the nuclear deal and bring to book the UPA government’s failure to tackle price rise and other problems of the people.”

The party politburo came down heavily on a newspaper report that former West Bengal chief minister Basu told his party colleagues that there was no need for “pulling down” the government.

The communists, who had withdrawn their legislative support to the government over the India-US civil nuclear deal, said they would vote against the government in the floor test.

“The reports appearing in the Indian Express (a known mouthpiece of American interests in India) and some other media that Jyoti Basu does not agree with the party’s decision to vote against the UPA government are fabricated,” the poliburo statement said.

Politburo member Sitaram Yechury also denied differences with CPI-M general secretary Prakash Karat over the communists’ decision to withdrew their four-year-long legislative support to Prime Minister Manmohan Singh’s government.

Some media reports had interpreted Yechury’s trip to Britain for an event organised by the British parliament as singalling his disapproval over the CPI-M move to withdraw its backing to the government when Manmohan Singh was away in Japan to attend the G8 summit.

“The provocation was the prime minister himself,” Yechury told a television channel.

The four-party Left, which had earlier indicated that they would not withdraw support till the prime minister returned, Wednesday submitted a letter to the president taking back their support.

The communists have been opposing the government’s move to finalise the India-specific safeguards agreement with the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) saying that it would carry the contentious deal ahead.

On his way to Japan, the prime minister had announced that his government would approach the IAEA, provoking the Left to withdraw their support.

Yechury also denied that the Left would be voting along with the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) against the government. “We have taken a stand on principles. If the BJP was opposing the deal, it could have brought a no-confidence motion. Now, they will be voting on an issue brought by us,” he said.

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