CPI-M disowns Pandhe’s Muslim remark on n-deal

June 25th, 2008 - 4:52 pm ICT by IANS  

New Delhi, June 25 (IANS) After coming under severe criticism, the Communist Party of India-Marxist (CPI-M) Wednesday distanced itself from party leader M.K. Pandhe’s warning of a “Muslim backlash” if the Samajwadi Party reversed its stand and backed the India-US nuclear deal. “The remarks made by M.K. Pandhe, member, politburo of the CPI-M, on the nuclear deal issue on June 23 are not the views of the party,” said CPI-M general secretary Prakash Karat in a terse statement here.

The statement was issued after Karat had a meeting with Samajwadi Party leader and former Uttar Pradesh chief minister Mulayam Singh Yadav.

Pandhe had said that as Muslims were opposed to the nuclear deal and since the Samajwadi Party enjoyed the community’s support in Uttar Pradesh, it should refrain from backing the deal.

Pandhe’s statement drew widespread flak, with Samajwadi Party and Congress leaders calling it a “communal remark”. Pandhe heads the CPI-M’s trade union wing.

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