Kerala Congress asks Left to reconsider its stand on nuke deal

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New Delhi, Oct 8 (UNI) The Kerala Congress (Jacob) today appealed to the Left parties to come forward to back the Indo-US Nuclear treaty in the larger interest of the nation.

"Any opposition to availability of more power required for the country's progress could only be seen as being against national interest," Former Minister and Kerala Congress chief T M Jacob said in a statement here.

In this context, he pointed out that nuclear power was the only source of energy that could expedite the process of development.

Mr Jacob said if the Left parties forced a crisis on the Manmohan Singh government on the issue of nuke deal, the real beneficiary would be communal and fascist forces. Therefore, the Left should reconsider their anti-nuke deal stand.

He urged the Centre not to succumb to the pressures exerted by the Left parties on the issue. "Any deviation from the agreement would erode the credibility of India at the internationa level, besides adversely affecting the national interests." Referring to the crisis in the coconut sector in Kerala, Mr Jacob said the government should ban import of coconut, tender coconut and coconut oil from SAARC countries.

"The crash in the price of coconut is such that there is not much difference in the price of a coconut and an egg." The fall in the price had adversely affected two million coconut growers in Kerala.

Besides banning the import of coconut, the Centre should implement schemes for manufacturing value added products, he said.

Kerala Congress (Jacob) was a partner of the Congress-led United Democratic Front. It was, however, expelled from the UDF two years ago.

The party was now making efforts to re-enter the UDF, which is now in the Opposition in the state.

UNI

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