Special Correspondent

KOLKATA: A Left Front rally here on Thursday cautioned the country against "the global designs of U.S. imperialism" and "protested the Congress-led United Progressive Alliance Government's surrender of national interest and honour to the U.S. by jettisoning India's independent foreign policy."

The rally, held across the road where the American Centeris located, was to protest against the visit of U.S. President George W. Bush. Effigies were burnt and posters, describing Mr. Bush as "an enemy of humanity" and "symbol of the U.S. threat to the Third World," displayed.

Anil Biswas, State secretary of the Communist Party of India (Marxist) and senior Polit Bureau member, said Congressmen who did not favour the Centre's U.S. tilt in foreign policy issues "were increasingly being isolated."

He wondered whether the clinching of the nuclear accord was a U.S. attempt to use India and other countries in Asia as strategic partners against China in Washington's campaign against communism."We (the Left parties) will not allow this to happen... this is part of an imperialist design to isolate China."

Biman Bose, chairman of the Left Front committee and CPI(M) Polit Bureau member, said: "We don't like your visit, go back President Bush. People cannot accept your systematic destruction of civilisation and of humanity in the name of democracy."

Rally in Mumbai

Our Staff Reporter

reports from Mumbai: Over a lakh Muslims participated in a rally at the Azad Maidan in Mumbai to protest the three-day visit of U.S. President George Bush. The rally also drew the support of the Left parties and the Samajwadi Party, with leaders like Ahilya Rangnekar and Abu Asim Azmi sharing the dais with imams from across the country.