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CPM charges govt with breach of CMP
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, March 13
The CPM today gave clear indications that the poll verdict in four states and Pondicherry could result in more frictions with the Congress-led UPA coalition at the Centre, accusing the government of breaching the common minimum programme (CMP) in foreign policy.

Buoyed at the response to the anti-Bush campaign, CPM General Secretary Prakash Karat today told reporters that the UPA government had been going ahead with a number of policy matters despite opposition by Left parties and its foreign policy direction was a breach of the CMP.

Elaborating on the Central Committee meeting, Mr Karat said it had been decided that the CPM work with parties which agreed on these issues to raise matters in Parliament and forge joint platforms and movements outside.

He said the party would make an overall assessment of the political situation after the Assembly poll and chalk out its future course of action.

He said the government’s stand on referring the Iran issue to the UN Security Council was a breach of the CMP, saying the coalition should realise that it had gone against vital interests of India in its relations with Iran and that there was no national consensus on this pro-US orientation.

Maintaining that the party was opposed to the Indo-US strategic partnership and India’s participation in the US-led democracy initiative, Mr Karat said there had been no official word as yet to object to President George W. Bush’s statements during his visit here about regime change in several countries, including Iran, Cuba and Zimbabwe.

He said the International Centre for Democratic Transition, where India would be represented, was a known CIA platform, where the US agency pumped in dollars for seeking to overthrow regimes.

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