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Left is free to withdraw support: Dasmunsi

August 27, 2006 01:05 IST

The Left parties supporting the United Progressive Alliance government at the Centre are free to withdraw their support, Union Information and Broadcasting Minister Priyaranjan Dasmunsi said on Saturday night.

"We are running the government at the Centre with Left support to keep away a force from power and for safeguarding the unity of the country. The Left parties are free to write a letter to the President withdrawing support. Nobody is compelling them to continue support," Dasmunsi told a panel discussion after the launch of the Bengali edition of India Today.

His comments came after Communist Party of India (Marxist) leader and West Bengal Tourism Minister Manab Mukherjee said the Congress-led UPA would have to follow the Left's model of economic development and the survival of the central government depended on Left support.

Stating that he did not know if it was Mukherjee's personal view or if he was articulating the party's views, Dasmunsi said they were free to withdraw support.

Dwelling on the topic of the panel discussion "Resurgent Bengal: Is it for real", Dasmunsi said the state had fallen behind in quantum of FDI investment, development of infrastructure, strengthening of the public sector and it was also uncertain whether the Tatas would be able to set up their small car project in the state.

Bengal was slipping, though Chief Minister Buddhadeb Bhattacharjee had foresight and it was not clear whether he had CPI (M)'s support in his efforts for FDI driven industrialisation and economic reforms, Dasmunsi added.

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Sub: 'Left free to withdraw support'

The Cong has finally done what should have been done a long time ago - putting the Communists in their place. It's plain for all ...

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It will be very nice if left withdraw its support and help truly nationalistic goverment to come to power at center.Let us pray god this ...

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It is interesting to see this debate once again though this time with a small suffix 'is it real?'. The line demonstrates that there is ...

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Congratulation to Mr.Dasmunshi for the spirit shown by him to lefties. Every time lefties are trying pressurise dicission, as if they are the only running ...

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PKL. Sunday, 27th Aug.2006. Unless Sri Dasmunshi is not wrongly quoted, he must be suffering either from lapse of arithmetic of current Lok-Sabha membership figures ...

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