//Left wants India to retract on Iran vote

Left wants India to retract on Iran vote

New Delhi: In a strong reaction to India’s vote against Iran at the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) meeting, the Left parties today demanded a full scale debate on the issue in the budget session of parliament beginning February 16, saying the government step was not in conformity with the country’s independent foreign policy and its traditional relations with the west Asian state.

”We reiterate that India should not be a party to any referral to the Security Council nor countenance any recommendation for taking action through the UN Security Council,” the CPI (M), CPI, RSP and the Forward Block said after a joint meeting here.

Later, talking to reporters, CPI (M) general secretary Prakash Karat said that the meeting noted that the BJP, the Samajwadi Party, the Jnata Dal (U), AIDMK and others too had expressed their opposition to the move, and expressed the hope that the UPA government would be put in the dock by them on this issue in parliament.

He said that if the government, after the debate in parliament, still went ahead with its pro-US stance, it will have to ”face serious consequences”.  Karat maintained that if India worked hard and sought the help of other non-aligned countries, some of whom had opposed and abstained from voting on the issue, it could still back away from becoming a party to the referral as the final decision would only be taken at the IAEA board meeting in March.

Besides Karat, CPI general secretary A Bardhan, CPI national secretary D Raja, Forward Block leader G Devarajan and RSP leader and MP Abani Roy deliberated on the issue for two hours at the CPI (M) headquarters here.

UNI,   February 5, 2006