Left to discuss entire gamut of foreign policy

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New delhi, Oct 5: The top leadership of the Left parties met here today to concretise the points for their participation in the crucial UPA- Left Political panel's crucial meet this evening.

CPI(M) General Secretary Prakash Karat and his counterpart in the CPI A B Bardhan, RSP leader Abani Roy and Forward Bloc general Secretary Debvrat Biswas participated in the meeting held at the CPI(M) headqaurters.

After the 50-minute meeting, Left leaders chose not to talk to the newspersons as they rushed to 5 Talkatora Road residence of the government chief negotiator and External Affairs Minister Pranab Mukherjee, but it is learnt that they have prepared a" long answer" to the UPA 14-page note.

The Left note is understood to have not only given a" rejoinder" to the government view on the implications of the Hyde Act, but also covered the entire gamut of country's foreign policy and the government's deviation from the same.

The Left note has sought a status report on the Iran- Pakistan- India gas pipeline and charged the government with deviating from the Common Minimum Programme on foreign policy.

It has also sought an answer from the government whether it wanted to work for a multipolar world or on behalf of the US.

The" political note" is also believed to contain references to India's" silence" on issues like Palestine and death sentence to Saddam Hussein.


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