Left issues fresh ultimatum to Congress

Written by Political Bureau | New Delhi, Jun 29 | Updated: Jun 30 2008, 05:42am hrs
Signalling the end of the UPA-Left association, the CPIM on Sunday formally announced that it will withdraw support to the ruling coalition if it decided to go ahead with the nuclear deal and present the India specific safeguards agreement at the IAEA.

In case the government decides to go ahead with such a harmful agreement, which has no majority support in parliament, the CPI(M) will withdraw support to the UPA in concert with the Left parties, a statement from the CPIM said at the end of a crucial politburo meeting on Sunday. Both the fronts were on a collision over the Indo-US nuclear deal for the last one-year.

The party also reminded the Congress that the era of one-party rule is over and it should not forget the fact that the UPA was formed to 'keep the communal forces at bay' The CPI (M) also appealed to the UPA partners to ensure that the Congress takes no next step on the deal.

The Polit Bureau wishes to point out that going to the board of governors of the IAEA, for approval of the safeguards agreement, will be a flagrant violation of the understanding arrived at the November 16, 2007meeting of the UPA-Left committee on the nuclear deal

In an indication of what could be the party's election campaign strategy, the CPI(M) also hit out at the UPAfor failing to curb the price rise.

The party added that the prime minister and the Congress leadership are more concerned about fulfilling their commitment made to President Bush to operationalise the nuclear deal.