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'Betrayed' Left Parties to charge-sheet Centre

July 06, 2008 16:15 IST

As their "political marriage" is all set to end, the Left parties are out to target the ruling UPA for which they are preparing a "chargesheet" against the
government detailing its "unkept promises" and "obsession" with the nuclear deal.

The CPI(M), CPI, RSP and Forward Bloc will come out with a "chargesheet" citing UPA's several drawbacks and failures, including "rising prices and inflation, surrendering of national interest, and unkept promises with regard to the Common Minimum Programme (CMP)", a senior Left leader said.

Feeling "hurt" by the Samajwadi Party's "betrayal", the Left parties will also "expose the marriage of convenience" between Congress and SP in its campaign, said the leader on condition of anonymity.

The Left campaign against the UPA will be launched on July 14 in the capital, where top Left leaders will "attack" the government for its "refusal" to take appropriate steps to tackle the runaway inflation and back-breaking price rise besides explaining their opposition to the deal.

Plans are afoot to field top leaders itself, who will criss-cross the country attending public meetings and rallies organised in major towns in all states, to explain the Left position.

"Our opposition is not centred around a single issue of nuclear deal. We will raise issues like inflation, price rise and mismanagement of economy among other issues," CPI national secretary D Raja said.

The Left campaign aims to remove the "misconceptions" people have about Left's position on various issues, including its opposition to the deal, Raja said.

A major focus of the campaign will be on youth, the leader said noting that the "cream of the country" needs to be educated on the "ill-effects" of the deal and other problems facing the country.

"We will have a special focus on college campuses," Forward Bloc Secretary G Deverajan said.

The leaders will explain to people that the Government's insistence that nuclear energy is the "panacea" to the country's energy needs is "not the right picture".

 "We are not against nuclear energy. But Government proposition that it is the only way out to meet energy needs is wrong. That we will tell people," Deverajan said.

 A Left leader said the central leadership of the parties will prepare campaign material which will be distributed to party units.

Asked whether other parties, which share views similar to those of the Left, will be invited to join the protest, the leader said a decision to this effect is yet to be taken.

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