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The Left and the United Progressive Alliance

Yet another experiment of Left support for a coalition fails; it is time for the Left to rethink its strategy.

It was inevitable that the protracted struggle between the Left parties (the Communist Party of India (Marxist), the Communist Party of India, the All-India Forward Bloc and the Revolutionary Socialist Party) and the Congress-led United Progressive Alliance (UPA) government over the nuclear deal culminated in the withdrawal of parliamentary support by the former to the ruling coalition. This followed prime minister Manmohan Singh making it clear that his government was hell-bent on New Delhi forging a strategic alliance with Washington, with the nuclear deal at its core.

Over the last four years the Left had propped up the UPA government in the name of ensuring a de facto secular government in New Delhi in its effort to keep the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) out of office at the centre. But once the UPA government found a new ally in the Samajwadi Part y, it lost no time to begin the process of bringing the nuclear deal into operation.

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