US dictating to India on Nuke deal: CPI

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New Delhi, Sep 20: Denouncing the United States for exerting "continuous pressure" on New Delhi to finalise the Indo-US Nuclear deal, the Communist Party of India (CPI) today asked the UPA government not to succumb to their dictates and put the nuclear pact on hold.

"Those in India who defend 123 agreement on nuke deal should now understand the impact of the Hyde Act and the US efforts to drag India into its global strategy," the Central Secretariat of the CPI said in a statement here.

The CPI, one of the four Left parties whose outside support is crucial to the Manmohan Singh government, alleged that the US officials, starting from Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice to Assistant Secretary for South and Central Asia Richard Boucher, "think that they have a prerogative to dictate India." The statement came down heavily on US Ambassador to India David Mulford for "virtually laying out a timetable for finalisation of nuclear deal by asking UPA government to take last steps." In this context, it cited the reported statement of Mr Boucher declaring that "US cannot afford to overlook political timetables" and asked how he could ask India to come clean on its relationship with Iran.

The statement urged upon the UPA government not to succumb to the US pressure.


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