Staff Reporter

KOTTAYAM: The Communist Party of India (Marxist) Polit Bureau member Brinda Karat has defended the Left Democratic Front's decision to welcome the support extended by organisations once listed as `communal' by the CPI(M).

Speaking at a meet-the-press programme here on Thursday, Ms. Karat said support from such organisations would in no way affect the programmes and policies of the party and there would be no compromise on issues. The development only reflected the disillusionment that had griped all sections of society, she said.

On the Left-United Progressive Alliance relations, the CPI(M) leader said the Left had been supporting the Common Minimum Programme (CMP) and not the UPA. As such, the stability of the UPA Government was relative to its adherence to the CMP, she said and added that the Left had never been a destabilising factor.

She welcomed Chief Minister Oommen Chandy's decision not to ink the pact for Smart City. According to her, the CPI(M) was not against foreign direct investment per se. But such deals should ensure accountability, that no strings were attached, that the Indian labour laws were adhered to and that it led to technological enhancement and employment generation, she said.