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Left wants 'killer' Sharon to go home
Onkar Singh in New Delhi | September 09, 2003 14:45 IST
The Left Front -- led by Sitaram Yechuri, A B Bardhan and Abani Roy -- and the Janata Dal (Secular) staged a noisy demonstration in New Delhi on Tuesday against Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon's ongoing India visit.
Addressing the protestors, Bardhan said Sharon is responsible for obstructing the Middle East peace process.
"He is the man who did not allow the implementation of the Oslo accord, under which Israel was to vacate the Palestine land. He is a killer and the government of India has insulted the Indian people by inviting him to visit India.
Yechuri questioned the timing of Sharon's visit to India.
"Isn't it strange that India should have invited him to visit our country on the second anniversary of the September 11, 2001 terrorist attack on the USA. We have pawned our foreign policy to suit the needs of the USA government. Israel, of course, is there because the USA is behind it," he said.
Yechuri told rediff.com that the supreme court of Israel had held Sharon guilty of genocide and he was forced to resign as the defence minister of his country following the court verdict.
"Such a man is invited by the government of India and we are holding talks with him to firm our relationship with a country which, with the help of the USA, has been practicing state terrorism. Vajpayee government is worried about the consolidation of Hindu votes and they think that by inching closer to Israel they would be able to win the mandate of the people of India.