PM pursuing US agenda: Left

Written by Political Bureau | New Delhi | Updated: Mar 26 2009, 03:48am hrs
Left parties on Tuesday lashed out at Prime Minister Manmohan Singh for describing them as regressive, saying they had negated all anti-people policies of the Congress-led government, which had heightened the miseries of the people and compromise national sovereignty.

Charging the PM of acting on the basis of the agenda of the Indo-US CEO forum, CPI(M) general secretary Prakash Karat pointed out that there was pressure on the UPA government to change the course of independent foreign policy, military cooperation agreement, the nuclear deal and the US dictated economic agenda. This is the PM who went on record expressing his deep love for (former US President) George Bush. The Congress party should have included this in their election manifesto, Karat told reporters here.

Releasing the Left parties appeal to the people, Karat maintained that the Left parties had blocked all the harmful things the Congress-led government wanted to do. We negatived all their wrong policies. That is what the PM is acknowledging today, CPI general secretary AB Bardhan said, giving examples of dilution of equity of PSUs, privatising bank and insurance sectors and investing pension funds in the stock market.