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Indian Leftists clueless on key issues, says MP
2008-03-11
Gulf Times,
Indian Leftists clueless on key issues, says MPPublished: Tuesday, 11 March, 2008, 01:01 AM Doha Time


Ravi Shankar Prasad in Doha yesterday
Staff Reporter
“Absolutely clueless on issues of vital interest, India’s Left parties are leftovers of Indian politics,” says Ravi Shankar Prasad, spokesman of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), India’s principal Opposition party.
Prasad was speaking to the Gulf Times on the sidelines of the 3rd Conference on Enriching the Middle East’s Economic Future at Ritz Carton yesterday.
Terming the Left parties as a group that never thinks beyond West Bengal and Tripura, the former Indian Information and Broadcasting minister said they could not make any dent in India’s crucial Hindi heartland because of their narrow-minded and wholly partisan perceptions.
“The Left parties are far from being realistic on the dynamics of Indian mainstream politics and have always hesitated to acknowledge the growth India has achieved in recent years,” said Prasad, who is a member of the Upper House of the Indian Parliament.
Terming the tie up between the Indian National Congress (INC)-led ruling United Progressive Alliance (UPA) and Left parties as a “Coalition of Opposites” and “Alliance of convenience” Prasad said it was embarrassing for the Congress to dance to the tunes of those who were doing absolutely nothing but back seat driving.
The BJP said that his party could not accept the Indo-US nuclear treaty in its present form.
“The BJP has clearly aired what the party really felt on the issue especially when India encounters the issue of an unfriendly and hostile neighbourhood,” said the Rajya Sabha MP.
Demanding an urgent review on the basis of national interest, Prasad reiterated that even in the midst of the controversy, India and USA enjoyed extremely good relations and the BJP would like to continue this friendship in future too.
“The renewed Indo-US relations, as everyone will acknowledge is a by-product of the Atal Behari Vajypayee-led NDA rule,” he said.
The Indian MP said the INC had not won a State election barring the one in Goa since 2004. “The INC and their allies are continuing their losing spree to the hilt and it is expected to continue in the next Lok Sabha elections as well.”
The BJP leader said his party had started working on a platform to renew its ties with parties which deserted after the defeat in the last Lok Sabha elections.
“Major changes are expected in the political scenario and we have already announced who would lead the NDA in the general elections,” he said. “Could the Congress announce with an element of certainty who will be its Prime Minister,” asked Prasad.

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