Dr. Avnish Jolly ,8 July:Pones of Left of no use as Congress decided to go ahead with NUKE deal. Ultimately, left parties with only a mean of withdrawing support achieved their goal but of no avail. The ruling UPA coalition government was formed after the 2004 Lok Sabha elections, with Congress President Sonia Gandhi as its Chairperson is still alive.
The Left finally pulled down the curtains on the nearly one year political drama surrounding the Indo-US nuclear deal, withdrawing its support to the Congress led coalition United Progressive Alliance (UPA) government in India.
Announcing this in New Delhi, on Tuesday, Communist Party of India-Marxist (CPI-M) General Secretary Prakash Karat tried to put pressure on Prime Minister Manmohan Singh when he is in Tokyo attending the G8 Summit with the advocacy that the Left parties are withdrawing their support to Congress-led Government after failing to resolve their dragging differences over the deal. The decision would be formally conveyed to President Pratibha Patil Wednesday afternoon.
"In view of the PM’s announcement, the time has come to withdraw our support," Karat said, reading out a letter sent by Left parties to External Affairs Minister Pranab Mukherjee.
Karat stressed no purpose would be served by Thursday’s scheduled Left-UPA nuclear committee meeting because the government had not shared with them the text of the proposed India-specific safeguards agreement to be negotiated with the IAEA.
Reacting to the announcement by the Left constituents of the UPA, the leading coalition partner Congress said that it was confident of surviving the crisis without the Left’s 61 MPs.
Shakeel Ahmed Congress spokesman told reporters "We have the numbers and we will prove our majority in the house (Lok Sabha) – even in vote of confidence."