[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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