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Sharp political reactions to Obama`s remarks

US President Barack Obama`s remarks in an interview to PTI on India`s quest for permanent membership of UNSC drew sharp reactions from Left parties which described them as disappointing while Cong sought to differ with him.

Updated: Nov 04, 2010, 00:34 AM IST

New Delhi: US President Barack Obama`s
remarks in an interview to PTI on India`s quest for permanent
membership of UN Security Council (UNSC) drew sharp reactions
from Left parties which described them as disappointing while
Congress sought to differ with him.

"While we respect President Obama`s views, the fact is
not only India but other major players in the world want the
Security Council to reflect the reality of 2010 and not the
power balance of 1945."

"There is a UN reform process which is underway. The US
and various other stakeholders are very actively engaged in
this process," Congress spokesman Manish Tewari told reporters
on Obama`s comments that the issue of India`s case for a
permanent UNSC membership was "very difficult and
complicated".

The Left parties said they were disappointed with the
American President`s statement.

"Definitely it was a disappointing statement. It was
expected that the US would not sincerely pursue India`s case.
Interest of India is not protected," CPI-M leader in Lok Sabha
Basudeb Acharia told PTI.

He said that the India government should contact other
countries like China and Brazil to pursue the case.

CPI`s D Raja said Obama`s statement reflected a "clear
reservation" of the US in supporting India`s cause.

"The Government of India should realise it," Raja said.

Tewari did not agree with Obama`s view on the issue of
outsourcing, saying for India and Indian companies
"outsourcing is a reality" which is there to remain for quite
a while.

-PTI