Reacting to Prime Minister Manmohan Singh’s interaction with media Communist Party of India (Marxist) (CPI M) leader Sitaram Yechury on Friday said the latter has taken the right decision by ruling out a third term in office for himself, and added that India has become a subordinate ally of the United Sates, by inking the controversial Indo-U.S. nuclear deal.
“He has taken a right decision, but the people will decide what will happen in the future,” Yechury said.
On Dr. Singh describing the civil nuclear cooperation deal between India and U.S. as the best moment of his tenure as Prime Minister, Yechury asked, “ What has been the tangible result of the nuclear deal? There has been nothing. Not a single unit of nuclear power has been added in the country.”
“On the contrary, what we were producing, has been reduced. So, except for telling the U.S. that India will be its subordinate ally, nothing else has been achieved by the deal,” he added.
On Dr. Singh stressing that all political parties should take corrective steps to curb corruption, Yechury said: “That’s a noble thought, but who is responsible for this corruption. Most of these scams have emerged in the UPA II Government’s regime. That is something that they should own up. They should take action against the guilty people, instead of shielding them.”
Earlier, addressing media persons, Dr. Singh had said: "We are deeply committed to the objective of combating corruption. An array of historical legislations has been enacted to make the work of the government transparent and accountable. Governance has been made more answerable as never before. Most of you have been routinely using the Right to Information Act to access government documents which was not possible earlier.
"There is much public concern on high profile allegations of corruption, notably in regard to 2G spectrum allocations, coal block allocations and cases related to land. We have taken major steps to change the existing procedures for allocation of spectrum and coal by shifting to auctions so that these problems do not arise in future," he added.