Dr. Swamy challenges CPM, CPI to prove their independence

via HK Correspondent published on February 2, 2006

NEW DELHI: Janata Party  president Dr Subramanian Swamy dared the CPM and CPI to withdraw support to the Manmohan Singh Government in the event of India voting with the United States in the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) meeting to refer the infringement of the Nuclear Proliferation Treaty by Iran to the UN Security Council for consideration and necessary measures. “Russia and China have both supported the United States’ proposed resolution before the IAEA Board seeking to refer the infringement of the NPT by Iran, to the United Nations Security Council for consideration of necessary measures. The CPM and the CPI, must therefore now demonstrate their independence from Russia and China by sticking to their stated position,” said Dr Swamy in a statement released to the press on Wednesday.


Dr Swamy’s demand assumes significance in the backdrop of the ultimatum served on the UPA Government by the CPM and CPI that they would resort to drastic action if India decided to vote along with United States on this issue.


Dr Swamy, a former Union Minister of Law and Commerce, pointed out that the Communists have a long history of somersaulting on foreign direction. “In 1942 the Communists first opposed the British and sided with the Congress Party led by Mahatma Gandhi. But no sooner Joseph Stalin, the dictator of USSR, made a deal with Britain, the Communists somersaulted and became henchmen of the British imperialists in India, ” Dr Swamy said in the statement.   He also alleged that the Communists opposed the moves by the Janata Party Government in 1978 to normalize relations with the People’s Republic of China. “But no sooner Russia made up with China,  the Indian Communists became ardent supporters  of good relations with China, said Dr Swamy.


“This is the moment of truth for the Communists; they must stick to their original stand on Iran and withdraw support to the UPA Government as promised, if India votes along with the United States on the Iran   issue on February 3rd,” said Dr Swamy.

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