The deal is outcome of the American imperialism, says CPI leader Bardhan
Left ‘Jatha’ given rousing reception on its arrival
It’s time for foreign policy shift, says CPI(M) leader
BHUBANESWAR: The United Progressive Alliance Government at the Centre was now pursuing a foreign policy that was against the independent policy that the country adhered to so far, leaders of different Left parties said here on Wednesday evening.
Addressing a rally while on their way to Visakhapatnam in a ‘Jatha’ to protest against the Indo-US combined naval exercise in the Bay of Bengal, the Left leaders demanded cancellation of the Indo-US nuclear contract.
Speaking on the occasion, the CPI general secretary A.B. Bardhan said that the UPA Government had completely surrendered before the US and the nuclear deal was the outcome of the American imperialism.
The Left will not allow the UPA Government to go ahead with the controversial nuclear deal, Mr. Bardhan said.
In his address, senior CPI(M) leader Biman Bose criticised the UPA Government’s move with regard to the nuclear deal in a similar fashion.
The movement that has just begun against colonialism was new phenomenon after Independence, the CPI(M) leader said, while underling the need for unity among all patriotic forces to fight back the imperialistic hegemony.
Time had now come to influence the UPA Government’s foreign policy and make it one that will be favourable to the masses in the country, Mr. Bose added.
Forward Bloc leader Naren Sen said that all efforts should be made to foil America’s plan to influence the India’s foreign policy for their own gain.
Among others who were present at the meeting include senior RSP leader Sukumar Ghosh; senior CPI(M) leader Shivaji Patnaik and Janardan Pati; and Dibakar Nayak of the CPI.
Earlier, the Left leaders and workers coming from Kolkata were extended a rousing welcome on their entry to the Capital city and they were brought to the venue of the meeting place in a procession.
The procession along with the Janmashtami procession caused severe traffic jam in the area for nearly two hours.