The CPI(M) on Monday perhaps for the first time admitted to differences in the party over withdrawal of support to the UPA government on the Indo-US nuclear deal,though the Central Committee said it was “correct”.
The party also felt that calling for building a non-Congress,non-BJP alternative government at the Centre was “unrealistic” for which General Secretary Prakash Karat took personal responsibility along with the Central Committee members.
Several leaders,mainly those from West Bengal as well as CPI General Secretary A B Bardhan,had said that the withdrawal of support on the nuclear deal could have backfired and cost them in the elections.
“There is near unanimity on the withdrawal of support in our party. On the question of timing,earlier also there was a discussion that we should have done it (support withdrawal) earlier,” Karat told a press conference here.
Karat,who was seen as mainly responsible for pushing the line on withdrawal of support,used the words “near unanimity” when he was asked whether the Central Committee approved the withdrawal decision and its timing.