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On the offensive: Left parties protesting against the visit of U.S. Foreign Secretary Condoleezza Rice in Hyderabad. Also seen are CPI State secretary K. Narayana and CPI(M) State secretary B.V. Raghavulu.
On the offensive: Left parties protesting against the visit of U.S. Foreign Secretary Condoleezza Rice in Hyderabad. Also seen are CPI State secretary K. Narayana and CPI(M) State secretary B.V. Raghavulu.

HYDERABAD: The Left parties have demanded that the Central Government convene a session of the Parliament to discuss about the “adverse impact” of the Indo-US civilian nuclear deal on the country.

Leaders and activists of the CPI (M) and CPI took out a rally here on Saturday which they observed as a “black day” as a mark of protest against the “UPA Government mortgaging the interests of the country to the US” as well as the visit of US Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice to New Delhi.

Wearing black badges, the protestors raised slogans against the ‘imperialistic policies of the US’ and the keenness of the UPA Government to push through the controversial deal.

Addressing a gathering later, CPI deputy general secretary Suravaram Sudhakar Reddy lamented that the deal would prevent the country from conducting nuclear tests to safeguard its defence interests. This was evident from Ms. Rice’s latest statement that the US could cancel the deal anytime if India conducted a nuclear test besides imposing economic and other sanctions.

CPI (M) State secretariat member Y. Venkateswara Rao said the deal would benefit the US nuclear industry as the Indian Government had pledged to purchase reactors from there.

The Left parties had decided to expose the UPA and the Congress on the nuclear deal and ensure that the people taught a fitting lesson to them in the next elections.

CPI (M) State secretary B.V. Raghavulu, his CPI counterpart K. Narayana and others were also present.


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