'Bush's remark nasty interference in Indian affairs'

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New Delhi, May 3: Slamming US President George Bush for holding India's higher consumption responsible for global rise in prices of foodgrains, the Left parties today dismissed it as a ''nasty interference'' in the country's internal affairs. ''Mr Bush has nothing to do with consumption level (of foodgrains) in our country...let him look after his own problems in his country....Rise of consumption in India is our concern, we will take care of it... This (Bush's remark) is a nasty interference in our internal affairs,'' senior CPI leader Gurudas Dasgupta told the source.

Dubbing the US President's statement as ''absolute nonsense'', CPI(M) leader Sitaram Yechury said the United Nations has clearly stated that the West, particularly the US, was responsible for worldwide rise in prices of foodgrains. Mr Bush's remark came just days after US Secretary of State Condoleeza Rice held both India and China responsible for the skyrocketing prices of foodgrains across the world.

Quoting the world body, the Marxist leader held large conversion of foodgrains to biofuel and speculation in trading of food articles by multinational corporations in the US responsible for global price rise. ''By doing so, it is the US which is heaping greater misery on developing nations, he alleged.

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