[Marxism] Communists withdraw support from India's ruling Congress Party
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The New York Times
July 5, 2008
India Leader Swaps Allies in Push for Nuclear Pact
By HEATHER TIMMONS and SOMINI SENGUPTA
NEW DELHI — India's governing Congress Party has swapped coalition
allies in a last-ditch effort to push through a nuclear deal with
the United States.
The Congress Party is replacing its leftist allies, led by the
Communist Party, with a coalition led by the Samajwadi, a North
Indian socialist party. The Congress Party's grip on India is
weakening as inflation and fuel prices rise and the economy
slows, and securing an ally is crucial to staying in power.
Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, who has been a staunch supporter
of the nuclear agreement with the United States, has been rushing
to firm up support for the deal in India ahead of the Group of 8
summit meeting in Japan, which starts on Monday.
There, he is expected to meet with President Bush to discuss the
arrangement, which would grant India access to American nuclear
technology and atomic fuel in exchange for agreeing to
international inspections of its reactors.
The proposal has dominated headlines and fueled heavy debate
almost since it was put forward in 2005. Critics, including the
Communist Party, say the deal ties India's future foreign and
energy policy too closely to the United States, but advocates
say it could usher in a new era of nuclear power in India, freeing
the country from heavy dependence on fossil fuels.
American companies have been lobbying heavily for the deal,
hoping to sell nuclear power-related equipment to India.
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