After seven years, Karat repents decision


New Delhi: Seven years after the Left parties withdrew support from the Manmohan Singh government on the issue of the Indo-US nuclear deal, the CPI(M) on Sunday acknowledged the bad timing of the step and its failure to make the deal an election issue.

The party’s new General Secretary Sitaram Yechury said that in retrospect, the Left parties should have linked the withdrawal of support to the government with people’s issues such as price rise.

“And it was also the timing (of withdrawal) for which we also self-criticised. But the issue of (opposing) the nuclear deal, we have no regrets and we think is correct.”

By going ahead with the nuclear deal, it was a signal that the UPA wanted to jettison the Left, he said.