Joshi asks Left parties to clarify stand on China

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Thiruvananthapuram, Jun 18 (UNI) Hitting out at the CPI(M) and the CPI for their silence on the reported nuclear pact between China and Pakistan, senior BJP leader Murli Manohar Joshi today asked the Left parties to come out clear on the issue.

''When it comes to the interest of China, the CPI(M) and the CPI have kept mum even if it hurts our policy,'' he told reporters here.

He asked the Left parties to clarify their stand on the Indo-China relations. ''They are silent on China's claim over Tawang in Arunachal Pradesh and some parts of Sikkim. Even regarding the new nuclear agreement between China and Pakistan, they were silent.

I asked them if they consider China as an aggressor in 1962 or not?'' Further criticising the parties for continuing their support to the Congress-led United Progressive Alliance (UPA) Government at the Centre, Mr Joshi accused the Left of having equal responsibility for the price hike in the country.

The Left parties on one hand were opposing the price hike and the nuclear deal with the US, but on the other not withdrawing their support. ''Their only argument for not withdrawing support is that they do not want the BJP to come into power. This shows that the Left's interest is only to block the BJP from coming to power and not to oppose the miseries of the people, and at the same time also protect the security of the country.'' It was anti-BJP, and not anti-nuclear or anti-price hike, Mr Joshi said.

On the Kerala Government's education policy, the BJP said the Government, by distorting history, was destroying the culture of not only the state, but of the whole country.

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