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Karat questions portrayal of Wikileaks as "unverified"

Last Updated: Friday, March 25, 2011 - 23:01

New Delhi: The CPI(M) on Friday asked why the
Manmohan Singh government was trying to portray the Wikileaks
reports as "unverified" when the US Administration was itself
saying these were cables of its own embassies across the world
including India.
"We are unable to understand why our government is not
ready to accept the genuineness of these cables when (US
Secretary of State) Hillary Clinton has herself gone
telephonically warning world governments about their leakage",
CPI(M) General Secretary Prakash Karat told reporters here.

Observing that more cables would come out in the near
future, he said, "These will provide a very revealing glimpse
of the state of affairs of our government in the past few
years, particularly after it entered into a strategic alliance
with the United States."

On the protests against the Jaitapur nuclear power
project, he said the CPI(M) would make it a national issue and
form a national committee, including political leaders and
scientists, to support the cause of the local people.

Noting that the Wikileak cables from India, brought
out first by The Hindu, had also thrown light on developments
before the signing of the Indo-US nuclear deal, he said,
"The key question is have we really thought about the
consequences of large nuclear parks like Jaitapur where six
nuclear plants from the French company Areva will be set up".
Drawing a parallel to the recent accidents at the
Fukushima plant in Japan after being hit by the massive
earthquake and tsunami, he said there were major safety and
environmental concerns and the entire Jaitapur project "needs
a relook".

"Fishing will become impossible in the area. The issue
is what will be done with the spent fuel. At Fukushima, the
`spent (fuel) rods` which were hit by the tsunami started
heating up", Karat said and asked there was no clarity as yet
on how the spent fuel would be disposed off.

The CPI(M) leader said the technology to be used by
Areva had not been tested anywhere globally, including in
France and, in addition, it was "terribly expensive".

To questions about Wikileaks cables mentioning about a
meeting between a US Embassy officer and himself, Karat said
he had only one meeting with the then Deputy Chief of Mission
who "I think, wanted to persuade me not to oppose FDI in
retail trade and the entry of (major US retailor) Walmart into
India. Probably, he wanted to probe what our stand will be".


First Published: Friday, March 25, 2011 - 23:01
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