Left never proposed Mayawati as PM candidate

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Pune, Aug 1: CPI(M) leader and MP, Brinda Karat denied that the left parties had ever proposed UP Chief Minister Mayawati as Prime Ministerial material in the run up to the trust motion in Parliament on July 22, blaming media for the mix-up.

Talking to reporters after addressing a gathering of party workers on the Left parties opposition to the nuclear deal, a visibly irritated Brinda Karat answering a query about Left party supporting Mayawati as the Prime Minister, blamed the media for 'attributing comments to the Left leader'. ''We value Mayawati's support and helping in mobilising support against the nuclear deal. She has a wide reach and we are gathering together as a campaign committee' against the nuclear deal", she said.

To a query about CPI(M) leader Prakash Karat's turn around on projecting Mayawati as Prime Minister, Brinda said that Prakash Karat's statements had been misconstrued by the media.

Ms Karat came down heavily on the Congress government's betrayal and objected to the Prime Minister's statement that the UPA Government was not going to be like bonded slaves. 'The government appears to be prepared to be the bonded slave to other power (referring to the US). She said that the Left parties will continue to agitate against the deal the price was an independent foreign policy. She said that the US wanted some place for their soldiers to 'rest' and for fighter planes to fuel up, while using the country to basically attack West Asia. Very soon the multinational companies will run the country, she said.

She criticised the decision of the government to open up the insurance sector and allow other financial institutions to keep Providend fund. ''This is the workers money, if the stock markets fall there will no guarantee for the workers money, there is no mention of the safeguards and security systems for protecting the hard earned money', she pointed out. She repeated the Left parties refrain about the rising prices, the food and power security policies and said that the nuclear deal could only promise eight per cent of the country's power needs while the damages environmentally could be immense.


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