New Delhi: The Communist Party of India (Marxist) on Saturday held a nationwide protest against the upcoming visit by US President Barack Obama, stating that the America seeks to change India's economic, security and strategic policies for its own benefits.
"President Obama is coming with an agenda - to pressurise and change India's economic, security and strategic policies. We should not succumb to that pressure, but unfortunately the government is showing indications of that," CPI(M) general secretary Prakash Karat told ANI.
"Our nuclear liability law, with which we want to protect the citizens of our country in case of a nuclear accident is another thing they want to change. The Prime Minister Narendra Modi-led government is trying to bypass the laws passed in parliament. There are many such issues, which is why we are holding a nation-wide protest against the US President's visit today," he added.
President Obama, who will arrive in the national capital on January 25 to take part in this year's Republic Day celebrations on the invitation of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, will be the first U.S. president to attend the Republic Day celebrations.
Obama, who visited India in 2010, will also be the first U.S. president to visit the country twice while in office.