Understanding limited to joint stirs at present: Karat

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Hyderabad, Jul 24 (UNI) Communist Party of India (Marxist) CPI(M) General Secretary Prakash Karat today maintained that at present understanding among the ten-parties was limited to joint stirs against ''anti-people'' policies of the Congress-led United Progressive Alliance (UPA) Government.

Talking to newspersons here, Mr Karat, who was here in connection with the party state secretariat meeting, said he would hold talks with all the ''like-minded'' parties to explore possibility of further cooperation in future.

He demanded the UPA Government not to go ahead with the Indo-US nuclear deal, as there was ''no broad political consensus on the issue in the country''.

The CPI(M) General Secretary parried a question on whether Telugu Desam Party (TDP) president N Chandrababu Naidu, an ardent supporter of liberalised economic policy, was a changed man now for the CPI(M) to join hands with his party.

The ten ''like-minded'' parties would soon launch a nation-wide joint campaign against price rise, agrarian crisis, Indo-US nuclear deal, misuse of Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) by the Congress against political adversaries and threat posed by communal forces, he added.

Demanding that the video recordings by a television channel in connection with bribing of BJP MPs for cross-voting during the trust vote be made public, he regretted that practically every MP, except those belonging to the Left Parties, were ''approached by the angels'' of the Government.

By winning the trust vote, the Government was exposed to serious charges of bribery, intimidation and horse trading, he added.

Denying Prime Minister Manmohan Singh's charge that the Left parties were misleading the nation, he said it was Dr Singh, who ''misled'' the country by making a ''false promise'' of not going ahead to the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) on the nuclear issue till Parliament approved it.


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