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PM statement on N-bill betrays govt`s pro-US inclination: CPM

The CPI (M)attacked the govt for rushing through the civil N-bill before the visit of US Prez.

New Delhi: The CPI (M) on Thursday attacked the
government for rushing through the civil nuclear liability
bill before the visit of US President Barack Obama, saying the
"suo motu" statement by Prime Minister Manmohan Singh on the
issue betrayed the ruling coalition`s "eagerness".

"We have been demanding statements from the Prime
Minister on issues like price rise and the Bhopal gas disaster
verdict which affect the people. But he has chosen to give a
suo motu statement on the nuclear liability bill," senior
CPI(M) leader Sitaram Yechury told reporters here.

"Without any demand from us or the opposition, the Prime
Minister chooses to make an intervention in the Lok Sabha on
his own. This signals the eagerness with which the government
wants this bill to be passed. It betrays its (pro-US)
inclination which we have been raising till now," Yechury said
in reply to questions.

Asked about the alleged understanding between Congress
and opposition BJP on the issue, he said both the parties have
"the same approach on all economic policy matters and on
relations with the United States".

On whether Congress was trying to hijack the Left agenda
in the backdrop of its leader Rahul Gandhi`s statement on "two
Indias" for the rich and the poor, he said "I am waiting for
the time when he speaks of `shining India and suffering India`
that we have been talking about so long."

He said these statements by Congress leaders have to be
"seen in practice" as to how the government acts on the
relevant issues.

Regarding the delay by the government in tabling the land
acquisition bill in Parliament, he said a draft was prepared
long ago. But "it is not being presented due to political
pressure from within the UPA", he said hinting at the
Trinamool Congress which has been opposing certain major
provisions in the proposed measure.

Gandhi had yesterday taken up the cause of UP farmers
agitating over acquisition of land for the Noida-Agra Yamuna
Expressway with the Prime Minister.

The CPI (M), Yechury said, had four years ago asked the
government to amend the Land Acquisition Act of 1894 to
include not only compensation to and rehabilitation of the
land owners but also a share in the project which would come
up on their land.

"All these aspects have to be covered in the new law", he
said, adding that government should have a role in acquiring
land and it should not be left to the "land mafia which has
been exploiting the rural people for long".

To a question on the Special Economic Zone law, Yechury
said this law was brought by the previous UPA government and
"all the land acquisition that is taking place now is under
this law".



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