Jan 4, 2014, 5:01 PM
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Signing of Indo-US nuke deal worst moment for country: Left

New Delhi, Jan 4, IRNA -- Taking on Prime Minister Manmohan Singh for describing the signing of the Indo-US nuclear deal as one of the best moments of his 10-year tenure, Communist Party of India (Marxist) (CPI-M) today said it was perhaps the "worst" moment for the country.

"As far as the country is concerned, that was perhaps the worst moment. Nothing tangible has been achieved, not a single unit of nuclear power has been added as yet. But as a result of it, India's foreign policy has been dovetailed to the US," senior CPI(M) leader Sitaram Yechury told PTI. Yechury said, "The victims of this dovetailing has been the India-Iran gas pipeline, deterioration of relations with other developing countries on issues like agriculture and climate change, as these countries feel their interests have been compromised with India becoming a subordinate ally of the US."

Also, "whatever progressive legislations have been enacted by the UPA -- whether it was the RTI or on issues like rights to education and employment or the rights of tribals, were done due to the push by the Left parties," Yechury said, adding that these measures were adopted and implemented by the UPA-I "however reluctantly or inadequately".

The Prime Minister had yesterday described the signing of the nuclear deal with the US as one of his best moments in last 10 years of Prime Ministership.