Public protests cannot be subdued by court orders: Yechury
Kolkata, Oct. 1 (PTI): Against the backdrop of the Supreme Court warning Tamil Nadu's ruling DMK front with central rule if it failed to comply with its order against bandhs, the CPI(M) today said public protests could not be subdued by court orders.
"Public protests cannot be subdued in this manner. But at the same time, I am against coercion for enforcing bandhs. I think a balance would have to be struck between coercion and serving public interest," CPI(M) leader Sitaram Yechuri told newsmen after the party's Central Committee meeting.
Earlier in the day, the Supreme Court came down heavily on the DMK front, observing that if did not comply with yesterday's order against the bandh called by it, it would not hesitate to direct the Centre to impose President's Rule in the state.
The DMK had yesterday suffered a major setback with the apex court restraining it from going ahead with the state-wide bandh on the Sethusamudram project issue.
Referring to the Hyde Act pertaining to Indo-US nuclear deal, Yechury said CPI(M) would send a note to the Centre on the party's assessment of the impact of the US law on India's foreign policy.
He said the Centre will have to explain its absence at a meeting with Iran to finalise the pipeline deal. "Gas is a very cheap source of energy and we need the pipeline to fulfil our energy needs," Yechury said.