Press Statement

 The Communist Party of India (Marxist), Communist Party of India, Telugu Desam Party, All India Forward Bloc, Revolutionary Socialist Party and Janata Dal (S) have issued the following joint call:

 Observe September 25 As Protest Day

Prime Minister Manmohan Singh is visiting Washington on September 25 to formalize the India-US nuclear deal. The nuclear deal compromises India’s sovereignty and vital interests. The Prime Minister has gone back on his assurance that he will come back to parliament after getting the clearance from the IAEA and the Nuclear Suppliers Group. The parliament has been convened only on October 17, well after the nuclear deal will be sealed in Washington.

 The refusal to call parliament comes at a time when the country has suffered a series of terrorist blasts, attacks on Christian minorities, continuing price rise and the adverse impact of the US financial crisis. To protest against the signing of the nuclear deal and the bypassing of parliament, we are giving a call to the people of the country to observe September 25 as a Protest Day.

 All over the country rallies and protest demonstrations will be held against this surrender to the United States.

 Mass Dharna in Parliament

 On the same day Members of Parliament belonging to all our parties will be holding a mass dharna on the premises of the Parliament House against the gross contempt and violation of parliamentary democracy.