Obama visit: CPI(M) opposes access to US products

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Sitaram Yechury
Bhubaneswar, Oct 30: Days ahead of US President Barack Obama's visit, which so far seems like it would revolve around the theme of 'Don't take our jobs, take our goods instead', CPI(M) on Friday, Oct 29 opposed any possible increased access of American farm products in the country's market.

Observing that Obama is coming to India with a business agenda, CPI(M) Politburo member Sitaram Yechury said at a seminar on 'Food Security' in Bhubaneswar that free access to American agricultural products would "spell doom" for Indian farmers.

"Obama is coming to India with a business agenda. It has been outlined in a reported letter to the prime minister," the prominent Left front leader said.

"India's role as a subordinate ally to US will be further cemented if Obama sells his business agenda here," he added, noting that if India buckles under the pressure from World Trade Organisation to give free access to American agricultural products it "could spell doom for farmers and the general public in our country".

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