Left to withdraw support if govt executes N deal

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New Delhi, Jun 29 (UNI) The CPI(M) today made it clear that it along with other Left parties will withdraw support to the 50-month-old UPA government as and when the Centre went ahead with the Indo-US nuclear pact.

''In case the government decides to go ahead with such a harmful 123 agreement, which has no majority support in Parliament the CPI(M) will withdraw support to the UPA govt in concert with the Left parties,'' CPI(M) General Secretary Prakash Karat told newspersons.

At a news conference at the end of the party 15-member polit bureau meeting, Mr Karat also blamed Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and he Congress leadership for plunging the nation into a political crisis by toeing the US line on the nuclear pact rather than concentrating on curbing inflation.

However, Mr Karat declined to take any queries saying, ''I will not take any question today.'' Immediately after reading out the statement which covers as many as eight aspects pertaining to the deal, Mr Karat got up from his seat and walked away to his office.

The statement said the government instead of focusing on the nuclear deal should be geared up to take comprehensive steps to tackle inflation and prise rise. The PM and the Congress leadership are more concerned about fulfilling their commitment made to US President George Bush, it added.

It may be noted here that Mr Karat who earlier squarely blamed the PM for his insistance on execution of the deal now had involved the Congress leadership as well in this exercise.

The CPI(M) blamed the Congress for shying away from keeping the communal forces at bay.

''By taking such a step and the political consequences thereafter that purpose will be undermined. We appeal to the partners of the Congress in the UPA that no such step are taken which will help the communal forces.'' More UNI KSA LPB RP BD1530

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