Left backs Iran at Lucknow rally

New Delhi, Nov 13 | Updated: Nov 14 2005, 05:57am hrs
Bluntly asking the UPA government to change its earlier stand of voting against Irans nuclear programme at the upcoming IAEA board meeting on November 24, Left on Sunday threatened to put the government in the dock on the issue in Parliament if it failed to do so.

At a joint public rally in Lucknow addressed with the Samajwadi Party, Left leaders strongly backed Iran, contending that there was no proof that Iran was using its nuclear facilities for weaponising. They also charged the government of dumping Indias stand of non-alignment and succumb to US pressure.

Accusing the UPA government of surrendering before imperialist USA, CPI-M general secretary Prakash Karat said, It is not an issue between the UPA government and the Left parties. It is a question pertaining to the non-aligned movement India has stood for.

The Left threat to raise the matter in Parliament is certain to be worrying for the UPA. Although there is still no implication of a vote on the issue in Parliament yet, the UPA will have to tread carefully given that the NDA will try to seize on the differences within in its efforts to embarrass the government. Parliament is due to start from November 23, and India has to make clear its stand at the IAEA on November 24.