Left withdrawal of support to UPA was `totally wrong`: Pranab

Union Finance Minister Pranab Mukherjee on Tuesday said the Left`s decision to withdraw support from the UPA government on the nuclear issue in July, 2008 was `totally wrong`.

Last Updated: Apr 12, 2011, 21:33 PM IST

Kolkata: Union Finance Minister Pranab
Mukherjee on Tuesday said the Left`s decision to withdraw support
from the UPA government on the nuclear issue in July, 2008 was
`totally wrong` and accused the communists of being
"ideologically bankrupt".

``It was a completely wrong decision and there was no
reason at all to withdraw support,`` Mukherjee said, adding
even if the government had fallen, that does not mean the
country would not have gone ahead with the civil nuclear
co-operation agreement.

``Had our government collapsed at that time, Prakash
Karat (CPI-M general secretary) would not have come to power
and BJP would have done it (implementing the nuclear deal)
anyway. This has already come out in the WikiLeaks. Yes,
Advani had given that assurance,`` Mukherjee told a Bengali TV
channel.

It proved that on the question of ideology the communists
were bankrupt and they did not learn, he said.

Taking a dig at the Left`s inability to spread its
influence beyond West Bengal, Kerala and Tripura, he said,
``I think they should have learnt a lesson and pondered with
closed eyes why 91 years after organised communist movement
started in India in 1920, they could not spread their
influence beyond these three states.``

In sharp contrast, he referred to BJP`s (formerly Jana
Sangha) growth and said the party, which was formed by Dr
Shyamaprasad Mukherjee after 1950 by opposing the
Nehru-Liyakat agreement and resigning from the government, had
been able to come to power at the Centre in 1998 by capturing
180 Lok Sabha seats before the party completed 50 years of its
birth.

PTI