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New Delhi, Feb 26 ( UNI ) The CPI today demanded that the UPA government withdraw FDI in retail, change its pro-US foreign policy and bring in legislation including social security for 370 million unorganised workers and the Women's Reservation, pleading that it was in its own interest of survival and longevity.

" There is still hope.. if the the government take certain corrective measures like the introduction of comprehensive enactments to protect the interests and livelihood of the tribals and agricultural workers during the Budget Session of Parliament on the priority basis, it will contribute to its stability," CPI General Secretary A B Bardhan said at the conclusion of the Party two-day National Executive.

Briefing mediapersons about the deliberations at CPI headquarters- Ajoy Bhawan- Mr Bardhan said the party had welcomed the Mumbai Sessions Court judgement in the Best Bakery case, while demanding that the Delhi police re-open Jessica Lall Murder case and set up an effective mechanism of investigation saying" these two judgments are crucial for the future of our judiciary and country." Admitting" sour" relationship with the UPA government" on foreign policy and economic matters, the CPI veteran said much to their disappointment the government had taken certain" unilateral decisions" during the last few months.

" Besides, the government has acted during the last few months of its own so much so that the UPA- Left Coordination meetings at times have become an exercise in post-mortems and hardly fruitful.

This has widened the gap between the Left and the UPA government," Mr Bardhan said.

Elaborating, he said the decisions included the Govt surrendering India's self esteem and interests to US in terms of its giving a" dangerous turn" to our independent foreign policy based on national consensus and principles of NAM." After India entered into a nuclear pact with the US, there is a dangerous turn in our foreign policy because the US has let loose pressure every other day by shifting goalposts and new demands, Mr Bardhan said.

" The US wants us to stop our independent work in nuclear field by putting our fast-breeder reactors on the civilian list. To our dismay, we have not found any reciprocal element in the July 18 Joint Statement as promised by Prime Minister Manmohan Singh. Further, it is disheartening to note that President Bush has remarked that India will not be given the same facilities as those countries which have advanced nuclear programmes.

The deal also has not permitted India to recycle nuclear waste.

Indeed, India will have to stand at the doors of the US to get the doses of nuclear fuel," he said.

Stating that the party National Executive was convened primarily to "review" the Manmohan Singh government's 20-month performance, he added that his party had found the Government had got" very important piece of legislations" passed in Parliament particularly the National Rural Employment Scheme in 200 rural districts.

" This will help increase the ruralites' purchasing power. We have instructed our women, youth and Khet mazdoor wings to monitor the implementation of the scheme so as a maximum number of women avail the benefit, proper registration is done and proper wages are given." The Party had also taken note of launching of the Rural health Mission, Bharat Nirman and the Right to Information Act.

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