Obama’s speech ambiguous: CPI-M

November 8th, 2010 - 10:51 pm ICT by IANS  

Barack Obama New Delhi, Nov 8 (IANS) “Disappointed” with Barack Obama’s speech to parliamentarians, the Communist Party of India-Marxist (CPI-M) Monday said the US president’s remarks on India’s permanent membership of the UN Security Council were “ambiguous”.

“With regard to US support to our cause particularly, the UN permanent seat, he only welcomed it. He has not stated in clear terms if the US will support India’s bid. It is very ambiguous. We are indeed disappointed,” CPI-M parliamentary party leader in the Lok Sabha Basudeb Acharia told IANS.

Obama, in his speech to members of the Lok Sabha and the Rajya Sabha, said: “We welcome India as it prepares to take a seat at the United Nations Security Council.. In the years ahead, I look forward to a reformed UN Security Council that includes India as a permanent member.”

Acharia said the CPI-M welcomed the part of Obama’s speech praising India as a power that has emerged.

“If we see the speech, the words he has used to describe - historical heritage, powerful and great nation, it is welcome,” Acharia said, adding the Left party was still analysing the speech “line by line” to draw its reaction.

However, he said the US president’s “main motive” of his four-day visit and the parliament address was to do “business in India”.

“Helping India in getting clean energy and nuclear energy, the main motive behind that is to do more business in India… to get jobs from India.

“On agriculture, their intention is to allow multinational companies in our country… We are being pressured to allow GM crops… They are protecting their interests at the cost of ours,” he added.

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