UPA to complete full term, if it falls not due to Left: Karat

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New Delhi, Mar 14 (UNI) CPI(M) General Secretary Prakash Karat has said the UPA government will complete its full term. But if it will fall, it won't be because of them.

In an interview to a news magazine, Mr Karat said the Left will continue to oppose the Indo-US nuclear deal but it will not bring down the UPA government.

He said the Left is giving support to the government on the basis of a policy framework. ''This government is stable because we are supporting it.'' Mr Karat added that Left allowed Manmohan Singh government to hold talks with the IAEA although it had earlier threatened to withdraw support if any such meeting took place.

''When CPI(M) got the indications that the government was willing to bring back the IAEA draft to the UPA-Left committee, the party agreed. The governemnt showed flexibility, so we too.

But our basic position has not changed-- the government cannot go ahead with the nuclear deal", he said.

He also revealed that their efforts are on to forge a third front." After our United Front(UF)experience and earlier efforts to form a third front, we decided that we would first draw up a programme, create a secular platform and gather forces inside and outside the UNPA. In that process, a third alternative will emerge.

We accepted the UNPA's invitation to join its campaign on the farmers' issues, but we are not in the UNPA. Currently, we are focussing on joint action on common issues", he added.

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