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B’day gift to UPA: Left support

Sunday 22 May 2005

NEW DELHI: After being formally invited to attend the function to mark the completion of one year of UPA rule, Left party leaders on Sunday sent individual letters to Prime Minister Manmohan Singh saying they would not attend the event but they would continue to cooperate with his government.

Thanking the Prime Minister for the invitation, the leaders of the four Left parties said they looked forward to the government to implement the Common Minimum Programme (CMP) keeping in mind national interest and also that of the poor and the toiling people.

CPI(M) General Secretary Prakash Karat wished Singh all success in the coming period for implementation of the CMP and meeting the people’s aspirations.

In line with him, veteran Marxist leader Harkishan Singh Surjeet and his party colleague Sitaram Yechury assured the government of "our continued cooperation in this endeavour".

Earlier yesterday, the Left made clear their decision not to give any impression that they had endorsed what the government claimed to be its achievement.

"We have told them that we are not part of the government but only its outside supporters, so we cannot participate in the function", CPI national secretary D Raja said on Saturday.

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