The Polit Bureau of the Communist Party of India (Marxist) has issued the following statement:
Take Firm Stand On US War Threat
The all-parties meeting convened by the government on March 10, 2003 has made it clear that the Vajpayee government is not prepared to take a categorical stand opposing the US threat of war on Iraq. It is unfortunate and deplorable that the Prime Minister still talks of pursuing a "middle path" which is just an euphemism for tacit connivance with the totally illegal US plan for aggression. This explains the refusal to adopt a resolution on the issue in Parliament.
The Polit Bureau of the CPI(M) demands that the BJP-led government heed public opinion and views of all the political parties and declare that the US should not take recourse to war and Iraq's national sovereignty be protected.
The Polit Bureau appeals to all democratic forces and sections of the people to step up the anti-war movement and launch powerful protests in case the USA embarks on a criminal war of aggression against Iraq.