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Govt worried about 123 Act, not 12.3 pc inflation: Left

July 21, 2008 17:10 IST

The Left made a scathing attack on the government during the trust vote debate in the Lok Sabha on Monday, accusing it of 'diplomatic process outsourcing' to the United States and bluntly told the Congress that they had not supported it to lead the country 'to make deals'.

"The performance of the government becomes fast when it comes to the nuclear deal," CPI-M leader Mohammed Salim said, comparing it to cricketers taking drugs to boost their performance.

Participating in the discussion on the confidence motion, he noted that the Left had not supported the government to go ahead with the nuclear deal, the International Atomic Energy Agency safeguards agreement and strategic alliance with the US.

                                                 Also Read: The Indo-US Nuclear Deal

The support was on the basis of a Common Minimum Programme, he said, taking a dig at the prime minister, who, he claimed was only interested in the 123 agreement but not in dealing with the situation when the inflation had touched almost 12.3 per cent.

Alleging that a section of the Congress leadership doesn't believe in the legacy of the party, he wanted the prime minister to realise that his government had 'no minimum Programme' with President Bush.

He also accused the ruling alliance of indulging in horse-trading. "Along with a wholesale deal, some retail deals are also taking place," he said, referring to the Samajwadi party teaming up with the United Progressive Alliance.

                                                           Also Read: An Alliance in Crisis

Attacking the Congress for faulting the Left for withdrawing support to the government, he said the question is not only of trust, but the trustworthiness of the government.

He regretted that the speed and performance of the government slowed down drastically when it comes to issues like price rise and implementation of the Sachar Commission report.

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