New Delhi, Jul 13 (UNI) The die was cast for the July 22 showdown in Lok Sabha with the BSP today joining hands with the Left parties who stepped up their attack on the ruling coalition for misusing the CBI for political purposes.
The Left parties alleged that the government's 'deal' with Samajwadi Party and now indulging in horse-trading to secure majority has demonstrated that Prime Minister Manmohan Singh's sole agenda is to push the Nuclear pact.
While CPM general secretary Prakash Karat drove to BSP chief's residence here to coordinate a joint struggle to vote out the Manmohan Singh dispensation, his counterpart in CPI, A B Bardhan told mediapersons that they have met all the leaders of those parties who are opposed to the deal including those of the TDP, Janata Dal(S) and some others.
At a press conference here to brief the media on the deliberations of the party National Executive, Mr Bardhan, however, made it clear that the Left parties have not entered into any understanding with the BJP on the floor coordination for July 22 saying, ''This is an unworthy question and allegation''.
Answering a specific query, the CPI veteran remarked that the way the Manmohan Singh government is misusing the country's biggest investigating agency the CBI for its political purposes it will deliver a fatal blow to the parliamentary democratic system.
''To somehow remain in power, the ruling party is resorting to all maneuvers and indulging in horse-trading. Even the CBI is being used to switch on its investigation and prosecution, and launch cases just at this moment according to what will help the ruling party to rig up a majority,'' Mr Bardhan said in the company of his deputy S Sudhakar Reddy and national secretary D Raja.
To another query, Mr Bardhan, the veteran communist, also made it clear that thay had contacted Ms Mayawati as the BSP is an important party and is ruling Uttar Pradesh , country's biggest state which could not be ignored a time when the Left parties were making all efforts to topple the UPA government.
To a direct question, relating to reopening a CBI case against Mayawati, the CPI leader remarked, ''this is what I am saying. The ruling coalition is out to blackmail and pressurise those who were not with the deal.'' Stating that all the National Executive members were of the unanimous view that the decision of the Left to withdraw the support to the 50-month-old UPA government was the most correct and logical step as the government was not only out to execute the anti-national deal but also its report card on inflation, fuel hike, food security and crises in agriculture reflects its total falure.
''They said it should have rather been earlier,'' Mr Bardhan said adding that his ten-party MPs had been directed to remain present here on July 21 and 22.
He quoted Samajwadi Party general secretary Amar Singh's statement that the ruling coalition had started contacting his party as early as six months back to seek its support for the deal.
''Now when the government has struck a deal with the SP, it has started tremendous horse-trading. The rate is astronomically high and the CBI has become a political tool in the hands of the government.
Now no one should be left with any doubt that the PM has the sole agenda to push the deal,'' Mr Reddy said.
The Left parties will launch from tomorrow a nation-wide campaign to expose the government on the nuclear deal and its anti-economic policies, Mr Reddy added.
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