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Left parties to stage protests ahead of Obama’s visit

Six Left parties would organise demonstrations across the country on January 24, ahead of President Barack Obama’s visit here, to protest US “interference” in India’s internal affairs and the BJP-led government’s “pro-US” policies.

The parties, which met here on Friday, decided to hold the protests on three primary slogans — ‘halt US aggression’ in West Asia and other parts, ‘stop interference in India’s domestic matters’ and ‘stop US-India strategic collaboration’.

In a joint statement, CPI, CPI(M), CPI(ML)-Liberation, AIFB, SUCI(C) and RSP accused the Narendra Modi government of “pursuing a pro-US foreign policy which is contrary to an independent non-aligned foreign policy. This is being done in the interests of Indian and foreign monopoly capital.”

The statement said they were protesting the decision to renew India-US Defence Framework Agreement for another 10 years which would “yoke India to American military strategy in Asia.”
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