The veteran CPM leader in India , the former Chief Minister of the Indian state of West Bengal . Jyoti Basu on Saturday supported chief minister Buddhadeb Bhattacharya on nuclear power as well as US investment in Bengal while echoing the party’s opposition to American “imperialism” in general and the nuclear deal in particular.
Basu was also hopeful that that “the Left-UPA joint mechanism may find some solution” to the standoff on the nuclear deal at its next meeting, indicating that he would like to give the Congress a longer rope to avoid early polls. The mechanism is scheduled to meet again on October 5.
Basu said that they need nuclear power and have no doubt that they would need it more since the ongoing industrialization would have more requirement on power. The former Chief Minister added that they should have no problem in taking help from other countries for setting up nuclear power plants, provided it is in the Indian interest .