Yechury talks tough on Iran, ahead of vote

London, Nov 14 | Updated: Nov 15 2005, 06:00am hrs
CPI-M, the largest supporting party of the government, has said India should abstain from voting in the upcoming IAEA meeting.

Senior CPI-M leader Sitaram Yechury told a BBC Hindi programme on Sunday night, It may become a major confrontational issue. We would like to tell the government very clearly that India should at least abstain and not vote against Iran, if the issue comes up at international atomic energy agency (IAEA) in Vienna on November 24, and India should strongly place its view that this entire issue should be solved within the IAEA and should not be taken to the UN.

Asked to what extent the Left parties opposition would go on the Iran issue, the CPI-M politburo member said, That would depend on what stand the UPA government takes on November 24. We are clearly telling the Manmohan Singh government that it should not repeat its past mistake.

Talking about economic policy, Mr Yechury said, We want the government to follow the common minimum programme. Stability of the UPA government depends on its rectification of mistakes in these policies. If it does not do so, we may have to think afresh.

At this moment we are doing all that is possible to put pressure on the government, and it is not Left pressure alone, there is pressure from the international community as well, Mr Yechury said.

-PTI