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Wednesday, April 02, 2008

Indian Left bloc will move to stop the US-Indian nuclear deal

Yesterday the Economic Times of India described a report of the Communist Party of India (Marxist) which announced to the party congress that the Left would formally convey to the government “not to finalise the safeguards agreement with the IAEA or go to the Nuclear Suppliers Group.”

The CPM report said, “The government has been holding talks with the IAEA on the safeguards agreement from November. When the outcome of the talks are communicated to the Left, we will take the stand that they should not proceed further to finalise the safeguards agreement or go to the NSG.”

The four-party Left bloc rules in only three Indian states--Kerala, West Bengal and Tripura--and holds fewer than one-ninth of the seats in the Indian parliament, the Lok Sabha. But its 62 members do hold the balance of power in the UPA coalition. They could bring down the government.

The CPM, which occupies a leadership position, is already claiming success: “The successful conduct and the struggle to block the nuclear deal should help the party and the Left to rally other anti-imperialist forces to go forward with the struggle to prevent the strategic alliance with the US.”
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