Special Correspondent

Kolkata: The Trinamool Congress was opposed to the India-U.S. nuclear deal, but the CPI(M) stand on the issue smacked of “double standard,” Trinamool chief Mamata Banerjee said.

Ms. Banerjee, who left for New Delhi to place the party’s views on the 123 agreement in Parliament, said here on Sunday that “there is more to it than meets the eye” in the Left’s opposition to the nuclear deal.

“The Left parties are opposing the deal, but have expressed their support to the Special Economic Zones in the State, in the name of which it is forcibly acquiring farmland,” she said.

“We have been opposing the U.S. influence in the country at all levels, beginning with the nuclear deal which lacked transparency and ending with the SEZ policies and the obliteration of small business in the country,” Ms. Banerjee said.

“In contrast, the CPI(M) is opposing the nuclear deal, but is in favour of SEZs. It supports policies that suit it and is against those that do not.”