CPI(M) refuses to buy PMs statement on pact with US

New Delhi, July 31 | Updated: Aug 1 2005, 05:30am hrs
Notwithstanding senior leader Jyoti Basus comment on Prime Ministers statement on Indo-US joint statement as generally alright, the CPI(M) continues to maintain its tough stand against the Indo-US defence co-operation,

After a two-day politbureau meet here, CPI(M) general secretary Prakash Karat said, The Indo-US defence framework agreement serves the interests of the US and is harmful for Indias strategic and security interests. Besides the joint statement issued after the PMs US visit shows the trend of India being accommodated as an ally of US. We also believe India should maintain an independent nuclear technology development.

He said, We will conduct nationwide meetings and seminars to enlighten the people on the dangerous implications of defence co-operation with US.

Maintaining its hardline on disinvestment of PSUs, he said, the disinvestment of Navratnas, including Bhel, will not be allowed, it is a clear violation of common minimum programme by the UPA.

On its strategy for the forthcoming Bihar elections, the general secretary said, Our objective is to establish a secular government in Bihar and we will discuss seat sharing arrangement with RJD. We will ensure the defeat of JD(U)-BJP combine in Bihar.

Critical of the NDA parties, the Marxist leader said, The allies of the BJP in NDA have no right to call themselves secular when the majority party in the NDA, the BJP, was obeying the dictates of RSS.

When asked about the organisational infight in Kerela, Mr Karat said, The politbureau discussed a report on the Malapuram state conference submitted by the state committee and discussed organisational issues.