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Left parties not to withdraw support to UPA: Bardhan

Written by: Staff

Guwahati, Apr 4 (UNI) The Left parties are not planning to withdraw support from the UPA government at the Centre, Communist Party of India (CPI) general secretary A B Bardhan said today.

''We are against toppling the UPA government at the Centre,'' Mr Bardhan told reporters.

However, the CPI leader alleged that the Congress was hardly talking about the common minimum programme of the UPA coalition.

'' We are going to mount pressure and raise issues to make Congress talk about the CMP. We are not averse to join even non-UPA parties, barring the BJP, to mobilize people against Congress' policies outside the CMP,'' he said.

He, however, praised the UPA government for being able to improve relations with neighbouring countries.

The Left is looking positively at the Employment Guarantee Scheme of the UPA government and hopes of successful implementation of the scheme, he added.

Bardhan said that in a memorandum to Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, the CPI and CPM have stated that sovereignity should not be an issue during discussions with the ULFA.

The Left parties were also against disintegration of state boundaries in the name of peace talks with NSCN-IM.


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