Yechuri asks UPA govt not to pursue nuclear deal

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Bhubaneswar, Mar 14 (UNI) CPI(M) Politburo member Sitaram Yechury today warned that his party would work out its own strategy if the UPA government did not stop pursuing the nuclear deal with the US.

Addressing a rally organised by the party state committee demanding land, food, employment and steps to curb price rise here, Mr Yechury said generation of nuclear power would be too costly for India if the nuclear deal was with the United States goes through.

The CPI(M) MP said while the generation cost of one MW of nuclear power would cost the nation Rs 11 crore, the country has to part with Rs 3.3 lakh crore to generate 30,000 MW of nuclear power as envisaged by the Prime Minister.

But the cost of generating the same MW of power from hydropower would cost only Rs 90,000 crore. The cost difference could be spent on constructing schools and providing medicare facilities to crores of needy and poor, Mr Yechury said.

The CPI(M) leader said his party would convey its concern to the UPA government during a meeting on next Monday. '' If they understood then it was fine otherwise we would work out our own strategy,'' he said.

Mr Yechury said they would not hesitate to arm twist the Congress for the betterment of the people and enforcement of pro-people policy.

The CPI-M leader favoured for the setting up of a third front as an alternative. He said former Chief Minister Biju Patnaik was a part of the Third Front brigade and wondered why Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik was sticking to the BJP.

Mr Yechury said his party demanded the abolition of five acre land ceiling fixed by the government to enable a farmer get the benefit of loan waiver.

He demanded that the agricultural loan of a farmers owning five to 10 acres of land in an non-irrigated area should be waived.

He claimed that the party had achieved a lot due its partnership with the UPA government. It was due to their constant pressure the Employment Guarantee Scheme and Forest Dwellers Act came into force.

Mr Yechury demanded the authorities to initiate steps to provide land, food and job to the needy and initiate steps to check the rise in prices of essential commodities.

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