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Left not to withdraw support to UPA: Basu
Subhrangshu Gupta
Tribune News Service

Kolkata, April 13
Jyoti Basu today ruled out any possibilities of their withdrawal of support from the UPA government, which some other left parties were demanding.

Talking to media persons at the Alimuddion party office, Basu said some parties like CPI, Forward Bloc and RSP were demanding they should now extend only the issue-based support to the UPA government instead of their present support on the basis of the common minimum programme. Some leaders were also pressing for withdrawing of support from the Manmohan Singh government.

These leaders alleged that the UPA was flouting the common minimum programme and ignoring the left parties’ demand, which Basu said, were true. At this stage, the CPI(M) was not thinking to withdraw their support from the UPA government, he added. Basu said the CPI (M) leadership already conveyed to both the UPA chairperson, Sonia Gandhi and the Prime Minister about their displeasure over the style of functioning of the Centre.

He hoped the UPA leadership should now amend themselves and run the government on the basis of the common minimum programme which they had supported. Otherwise, the CPI(M) will mobilise public opinion against the UPA and also raise their protest in parliament forcing them to abandon all the anti-people steps, he added.

The CPI (M) state committee today reviewed the present political situation vis-ŕ-vis its relation to the UPA government. The Nandigram and Singur issues also figured at the meeting.

The Chief Minister, Buddhadeb Bhattacharjee told the meeting that the work on Tata Motors project at Singur was progressing smoothly but the Nandigram situation was yet to become normal. He conveyed the same to the colleagues at yesterday’s cabinet meeting at Writers Buildings.

Both Bhattacharjee and the industries minister, Nirupam Sen categorically ruled out that the lands already handed over to Tata Motors would be taken back and re-allocated to the owners. Though Basu strongly opposed the demand of their withdrawal of support from the UPA government, but not only the other left parties but a section in the CPI (M) had also been publicly demanding that their support to the UPA should be withdrawn forthwith.

These leaders were aggrieved that the UPA was functioning on its own and adopting all anti-labour and anti-people policies which had been damaging their popularities and public images. The Forward Block leader, Debabrata Biswas and the CPI’s A.B. Bardhan expressed their strong resentment at the recently held meeting with the CPI(M) leaders, Prakash Karat and Sitaram Yechuri in Delhi.

The CPI, RSP and FB at their respective national committees’ meetings held recently both in the capital and Kolkata, recorded their resentments and unhappiness at UPA’s functioning.

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