Hyderabad, Dec 1 (UNI) The ill-effects of Indo-US Nuclear deal were glaringly visible, even before its operationalisation, with the UPA government succumbing to US pressure in matters relating to country's external affairs, CPI(M) polit bureau member Sitaram Yechury said today.
Addressing a press conference here, he alleged that the Centre had refrained from attending the tripartite meeting on Iran-Pakistan-India gas pipeline following ''pressure'' from the US.
Denying the charge that the Left parties had softened their stand on the deal after a political understanding with the Congress in the wake of Nandigram issue, he said the Left continued their opposition to the deal as it was against ''national interest''.
''Toeing the US foreign policy line, the State Bank of India (SBI) was allegedly forced not to provide credit to those importing goods from Iran and Essar Oil Company has to cancel its agreement with Tehran,'' he alleged.
''If this is the position even before operationalisation of the the deal, what will be the situation if it is operationalised,'' he asked.