New Delhi, July 24 : CPI (M) politburo member Sitaram Yechury has said that it was strange that after four years of Left support, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh has alleged that they wanted him to behave like a "bonded slave".
"The Prime Minister has accused the Left parties as wanting to treat him as a bonded slave. Strange that it took him over four years of being the PM on the strength of the support of the Left parties to hurl such accusations," Yechury said in an editorial in the forthcoming issue of People Democracy.
He said that the Prime Minister and the UPA Government should have been a "bonded slave" to the Common Minimum Programme and "not to anybody".
Yechury said Singh has charged the Left parties with not allowing him to complete all the negotiations on the ground that he would come back to Parliament before finally operationalising the Indo-US civil nuclear deal.
"The Left parties could not agree with this proposal for the obvious reason that once the deal is approved by the US Congress, the Indian Parliament would find itself in a completely untenable situation to strike down the deal," he added.
Once the safeguards agreement is approved by the IAEA Board of Governors, then the deal is on an auto-pilot course of implementation, Yechury further said.
Asserting that the government had no moral authority to carry forward the deal, the CPM leader said "a rigged majority in the Lok Sabha through brazen horse-trading can, in no way, be considered an endorsement for the nuclear deal."