'PM must give up his obsession for N-pact'

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New Delhi, Jun 28: A day after CPI(M) General Secretary Prakash Karat 'squarely' blamed Prime Minister Manmohan Singh for the present political crisis arising out of his obsession with the nuclear deal, the Left parties on Saturday, June 28, asked Mr Singh to give up his 'baalhat' (childish obsession) and concentrate more on tackling inflation.

The top leaders of the CPI (M), meanwhile, are gathering here on Sunday, June 29 to review the political scenario and take appropriate action. Senior Left leaders Mohammad Salim and Shamim Faizi impressed upon the Prime Minister to not to equate his commitment to U S President George Bush with the national interst.

Mr Faizi, the CPI National Secreatery remarked ''if he feels so strongly that he has to report to Mr Bush during the forthcoming G8 summit in Japan, he should vacate the office and need not go there.''

As far as his sucesssor is concerned, that is for the Congress high command to decide, Mr Faizi said adding ''but our Prime Minister should not be a person who is subservient to the US.'' Mr Salim, CPI(M) senior leader and party deputy leader in the Lok Sabha, said

''Every individual has his own potential, capacity and capability. Mr Singh when chosen for the country's top executive post by the UPA, his USP has been that of an economist so he should concentrate on this field.''

''He has never been considered a strategist, but unfortunately during the last leg of PM's tenure, he got his priorities wrongly placed. Rather than worrying over how he would face Mr Bush, he should worry how his party is going to face the people of the country particularly in the wake of rising prices of essential commodities and soaring inflation.''

CPI(M) polit bureau's meeting tomorrow is expected to discuss in detail the political developments because of deepening chasm between the government and the Left parties over the nuclear deal.

''The party Central committee has already authorised the polit bureau to take an appropriate action'' a top party functionary told UNI.

The party will ponder over the emerging situation and its fallout on the UPA-Left mechanism, the position of different critical groups and the assessment thereof. It will also decide on the next course of action.

UNI

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