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CPI(M) attacks Centre’s ‘pro-US policies’
NEW DELHI, Dec 28 (Agencies):
Published on 28 Dec. 2009 10:36 PM IST
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The Communist Party of India (Marxist) Polit Bureau has criticised the “pro-U.S. policies” of the government. In a statement issued at the conclusion of its two-day meeting on Sunday, the Polit Bureau attacked the government for trying to adjust to U.S. policies at the recent Copenhagen climate change conference, supporting the continuance of the U.S.-NATO occupation of Afghanistan, and drafting the Civil Nuclear Liability Bill as demanded by the Americans to operationalise the India-U.S. nuclear deal. Referring to the Copenhagen conference, it noted that the Indian government – “which sought to adjust to the policies of the U.S. and make unilateral concessions” – could not prevent the manoeuvres of the developed countries. “It is only the unity of the BASIC bloc comprising China, India, Brazil and South Africa which to some extent prevented an outright capitulation.” According to the Polit Bureau, “it is imperative that India work in concert with the BASIC and the G77 countries and evolve a strategy to ensure that the United States and the developed countries accept their historical responsibility and commit to effect deep emission cuts and provide the finances for appropriate technology for the developing countries to mitigate carbon emissions.” Accusing the U.S. of using the Af-Pak policy to draw India into its Afghanistan strategy for serving American geo-political interests, it deplored the government for supporting the continuation of the U.S.-NATO occupation of the war-ravaged country. Instead, it wanted India to demand the withdrawal of U.S.-NATO troops and be part of the regional initiative of countries like Russia, Iran, China, Pakistan, Uzbekistan and Tajikistan to address the Afghan problem. Reiterating its opposition to the proposed Civil Nuclear Liability Bill, the Polit Bureau demanded that the government abandon the legislation demanded by the U.S. as part of the operationalisation of the 123 agreement. Pointing out that the proposed law sought to absolve suppliers of nuclear reactors of liability in the case of nuclear accidents, it noted that it fixed the liability limit for the operator at a meagre Rs. 300 crore when such an accident could affect the lives of lakhs of people. The Polit Bureau reviewed the party’s rallies against price rise and for a strengthened Public Distribution System in different States. Buoyed by the response to the rallies, it said the party would intensify the struggle for alternative policies. The policy changes that the CPI(M) was pressing for to address the price line of essential commodities included a ban on futures trading in wheat and increase in the number of families under the below poverty line in rural areas. It expressed sorrow at the death of many workers in the bridge collapse near Kota in Rajasthan on Thursday. Pointing out that Gammon India, responsible for three accidents in the Delhi Metro project, was one of the companies responsible for the construction of the bridge, the CPI(M) demanded that it be banned from all government projects across the country.

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