What the heck is this supposed to mean An international conspiracy is afoot to destabilise India's economic growth says Prime Minister Manmohan Singh - The Economic Times NEW DELHI: An international conspiracy is afoot to destabilise India's economic growth, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh told a delegation of CPM MPs, as he settled for casual conversation with his erstwhile ally on Monday. The PM, helming a government battered by a seemingly endless stream of scams, made the unusual reference as a delegation of Left MPs met him to raise the issue of banning the pesticide, Endosulfan, which has wreaked havoc in some districts in Kerala and Karnataka. According to some people present at the meeting, conversation with the delegation took a casual turn after the main issue was discussed. Singh asked if the CPM had passed a resolution to 'impeach' him. He may have meant a no-confidence motion. CPM polit bureau member Sitaram Yechury replied in the negative, but pointed to the parade of scams under his leadership. Singh said, according to the persons, that he was indeed deeply concerned about the developments. CPM's Central Committee had last week issued a statement criticising the PM's role in decisions surrounding the KG Basin controversy, 2Gspectrum allocation scam and the CWG debacle. "The Prime Minister has to own up responsibility for presiding over this corrupt regime," the statement said. Subsequently, the PM discussed the economic crisis engulfing the United States and parts of Europe following the downgrading the credit rating of US sovereign debt by Standard and Poor's. He mentioned that the US and Europe were suffering and there is some discontent in certain corners about India's relatively resilient economy, stable growth and rising purchasing power. It is in this context, the persons said, the PM made the remark about an international conspiracy, without mentioning who he thought might be responsible for it. The Left parties were outside allies of the first term of the Singh-headed United Progressive Alliance government and acted as effective critics and an influential voice in government's functioning, so much so that they were often referred to as a "parallel opposition". They withdrew support to the government in 2008 over the India-US nuclear deal, leading to the government seeking a confidence vote. The PM mentioned that he missed the meetings he used to have with the Left MPs and the counsel the government received from them. While this has spawned a talk of a revival of relations, it is a far-fetched idea when the government's key ally is Mamata Banerjee's Trinamool Congress, CPM's bete noire in West Bengal. The Prime Minister's media adviser Harish Khare declined comment.