Joshi asks Left parties to clarify their stand on China

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Thirvananthapuram, June 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 Murali Manohar Joshi today asked the two Left parties to come out clear on the issue.

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

He also asked the two left parties to clarify their stand on the Indo-China relations. ''The CPM and the CPI are silent on the China's claim of Tawang in Arunachal Pradesh's and some parts of Sikkim. Even regarding the new nuclear agreement between China and Pakistan, they have kept silent. I ask them if they consider China as an aggressor in 1962 or not?'' Criticising the Left parties in continuing its support to the Congress-led United Progressive Alliance government, Mr Joshi also accused the Left of having equal responsibility for the price hike in the country.

The Left parties were opposing the price hike and the Nuclear deal with the US, but not withdrawing their support. ''Their only argument of not withdrawing support is that they do not want the BJP to come to 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 the security of the country,'' he said. It was anti-BJP and not anti-nuclear or anti-price hike that the Left are concerned, he added.

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

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