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Left parties to act tough with Congress

Left parties to act tough with Congress CPI leader A.B. Bardhan met CPI (M) General Secretary Prakash Karat on Tuesday and decided that Left parties must maintain opposition to nuclear deal tomorrow, when they confer with Congress on the Indo-US nuclear deal.

Meanwhile, Senior CPI leader Gurudas Dasgupta accused the UPA government of grossly mismanaging the country’s economy and said that the time has come for the Left parties to reconsider their relationship with the ruling coalition.

He, however, said prices will not come down in a single day even if the Left withdrew support. Holding Finance Minister P Chidambaram and Planning Commission Deputy Chairperson Montek Singh Ahluwalia responsible for the economic failures of the UPA, Dasgupta said Prime Minister Manmohan Singh should take note as to why Chidambaram should continue to be at the helm of the Finance Ministry.

Replying to a query on the Indo-US nuclear deal, he said the government cannot go to the United States to sign the agreement. Asked about Congress president Sonia Gandhi talking about the nuclear deal at a meeting in Guwahati, the CPI leader alleged that the government is coming under pressure from the American administration.

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