Dikshit questions Left's stand on nuclear deal

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Kochi, Mar 6 (UNI) Coming down heavily on the Left Parties, Delhi Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit today questioned their negative stand on the Indo-US nuclear deal, which would benefit the people of the country.

Addressing a gathering after inaugurating the Kerala State Conference of the Mahila Congress here, Ms Dikshit said '' though the Left parties are supporting the UPA Government at the Centre, they are criticising every step the government takes towards growth and prosperity.'' She said the Left don't have any problems in their 'friends' Russia and China signing nuclear deals but were against the Indo-US deal.

'' The Left are not true nationalists as they had allegiance with foreign countries like Russia and China, and seems to stand against the growth of the nation,'' she alleged.

Ms Dikshit said the nuclear deal would provide farmers, agriculturists and industrialists the much-needed power to fuel the growing Indian economy.

'' The Left do something, mean something else and say a third different thing,'' Ms Dikshit alleged.

The Comunist parties had a policy for states they rule, a different one for the country and a third one for the UPA Coalition, she added.

Criticising BJP Leader L K Advani's remark on the Union Budget as 'Communal Budget,' Ms Dikshit said ''it is shame on such a tall leader like Mr Advani as the Budget proposed ways and means to empower the oppressed sections of the society.'' She said the UPA Chairperson Sonia Gandhi had given a 'human face' to the development of the country and stressed the importance of women's rights.

Ms Dikshit said the Budget had addressed the problems of the agriculture sector and farmers and given the impetus to the economy which was growing at eight to nine per cent.

Speaking on the occasion, AICC General Secretary Mohsina Kidwai said various Bills had been passed in Parliament for empowerment of women as the Centre gave immense importance in protecting the women's rights.

She said the Congress was the only political party which upheld the principles of secularism and protected every section of the society.

Congress Leader K Karunakaran, KPCC President Ramesh Chennithala and other leaders were also present on the occasion.

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