CPI-M will realise mistake in withdrawing support: Congress


New Delhi: The Congress Thursday expressed hope that the Communist Party of India-Marxist (CPI-M) would “realise” its mistake of withdrawing support to the Manmohan Singh government over the India-US civil nuclear deal.

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The Congress reaction came on the day the CPI-M admitted that the government controlled by it in West Bengal committed errors in Nandigram and Singur.

“They (CPI-M) will realise that withdrawal of support to the government was also a mistake,” union minister and Congress leader Kapil Sibal told reporters here.

The CPI-M-led Left parties withdrew support to the United Progressive Alliance (UPA) government in July 2008 to protest the government’s decision to sign the civil nuclear deal with the US.

Earlier in the day, CPI-M politburo member M.K. Pandhe said the party-led governments in West Bengal and Kerala had committed “errors”.

“We corrected those errors. We have an institutional mechanism to do that. We hope we get results for that,” Pandhe told reporters while releasing the party pamphlet on ‘Workers chargesheet against UPA government and folder on condition of the urban poor” here.

Refusing to elaborate on the errors committed in Kerala, Pandhe said West Bengal Chief Minister Buddhadeb Bhattacharjee has himself admitted that police firing in Nandigram was a mistake.

Fourteen people were killed and many injured in police firing on villagers in Nandigram in 2007 when they protested against the West Bengal government’s decision to allow a chemical hub under the SEZ policy.