How effective is the CBI? Very. Once the UP chief minister withdrew her support to the UPA, the CBI, as if waiting on cue, moved in. On July 10, it told Supreme Court that there was "ample" evidence to prosecute Ms Mayawati in a disproportionate assets case and that it would file a chargesheet against her soon. Why was it quiet so far, we do not know. In any case, help was at hand since the Left was feeling stung by the Samajwadi Party stepping in to fill the number shortage caused by its withdrawal of support to the UPA. And so this meeting was very much on the cards. And it didn't take too long to materialise. Comrade Prakash Karat was off to meet Kumari Mayawati: "We wanted both parties to cooperate in the struggle against the nuclear deal and on the trust vote in the Lok Sabha," Mr. Karat said after the meeting. Ms. Mayawati reiterated her opposition to the deal. Mr. Karat appreciated her stand and said the deal was ‘against the country’s interests.’ That was not all. The comrades also got into an unholy scrap with the Lok Sabha speaker Somnath Chatterjee. Jyoti Basu and other West Bengal leaders had questioned the need to vote with the BJP, after the point had been made, but the CPM insisted that the speaker too would resign from his post and vote against the UPA and the deal. The speaker, however, is having none of it and has defiantly refused to put in his papers till the numbers are counted on July 22.