Left to withdraw support by Thursday: Forward Bloc(With ‘Left says PM forcing them to end support to government’)

July 8th, 2008 - 12:32 am ICT by IANS  

A file-photo of Manmohan Singh

Kolkata, July 7 (IANS) The Left parties would withdraw support to the United Progressive Alliance (UPA) government by Thursday, after Prime Minister Manmohan Singh returns from Japan, Forward Bloc said Monday. “We have taken a unanimous decision that we will submit a letter to President Pratibha Patil withdrawing our support to the government on July 10,” Forward Bloc general secretary Debabrata Biswas said here.

He alleged the Congress-led UPA government was committed to the US on the 123 agreement, “surrendering national interest and sovereignty”.

“As such, the decision of the four parties - Communist Party of India-Marxist (CPI-M), Communist Party of India (CPI), Forward Bloc and Revolutionary Socialist Party (RSP) - to withdraw support remains unchanged,” he said.

Biswas said he had spoken to CPI-M general secretary Prakash Karat over telephone Monday, and added that the four Left parties would meet Tuesday to take stock of the situation.

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