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Left reacts sharply to US envoy’s meeting with leaders

Left reacts sharply to US envoy’s meeting with leaders
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First Published: Thu, May 14 2009. 03 52 PM IST
Updated: Thu, May 14 2009. 03 52 PM IST
New Delhi: The meetings of US envoy Peter Burleigh with BJP leader L K Advani, TDP chief N Chandrababu Naidu and some other leaders just ahead of counting of votes has triggered a controversy with Left parties branding it as “brazen interference” in India’s internal affairs.
The strong reaction by Left parties came in the wake of reports that Burleigh had suggested to the TDP leader to ensure that Communist parties do not have any role to play in the next government as the US is worried about the future of civil nuclear deal and other aspects of strategic ties.
“Reports suggest that parties are being advised whom to support and which government should be formed in India, etc. If this is the case, I think this is gross interference in our internal affairs,” CPI(M) Politburo member Sitaram Yechury told reporters here.
He said, “The US has revealed its character once again through its brazen interference in internal affairs of other independent countries. That cannot be tolerated.”
Yechury said he had “heard” that “TDP strongly condemned such suggestions. He was told with quite degree of certainty and unceremoniously not to interfere in India’s internal affairs. That is the way it should be.”
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First Published: Thu, May 14 2009. 03 52 PM IST
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