NDA govt bringing right-wing shift in India’s foreign policy: CPI

Saturday, Jun 11, 2016,17:02 IST By Metrovaartha A A A

New Delhi | Taking strong objections to India-US joint statement, CPI today accused the NDA government of bringing about a total right-wing shift in country’s foreign policy and expressed apprehensions that the same will have immense negative impact on its ties with other countries. … the (joint) statement has proved that a total right-wing shift has taken place in our (India’s) foreign policy undermining its long-standing position of independence from any military alliance, the CPI noted in a statement.

The Left party stated that India agreeing to Logistic Exchange Memorandum of Agreement (LEMOA), which allows each military to avail logistics support facilities, with the US poses risk of New Delhi being accused of supporting Washington’s aggressions on other countries, particularly, in West Asia and Asia-Pacific region.

It will have immense negative consequences on India’s bilateral relations with other countries and its declared objective of Look East Policy, the CPI said. The Left party observed that the civil nuclear co-operation started under Congress-led UPA government has reached its logical conclusion during current NDA regime.

With the joint statement describing New Delhi as a major defence partner of Washington and the Narendra Modi government agreeing to purchase six useless and defective nuclear reactors from US firm Westinghouse, CPI charged the BJP government of going furthermore to please US.

As a result, India will be dependent more on US-Israel clique for defence and nuclear development, it said, demanding all the issues be discussed in Parliament. The joint statement was issued during Modi’s recent visit to US, with the latter describing India as its major defence partner in US defence technology transfer and a priority partner in Asia-Pacific.