Nepal's Maoists speak out against Delhi's 'intrusion'

Nepal’s Maoists speak out against Delhi’s ‘intrusion’


THE KATHMANDU POST, DEC 23 - The UCPN (Maoist) wrapped up its third phase of protests and declared a fourth one on Tuesday concluding that there was no point in holding talks with local parties since they were all controlled by New Delhi. It was more meaningful to talk directly with Delhi

·        MKN govt is New Delhi’s puppet

·        Delhi wants to control Nepali politics

·        No alternative to CA

·        Nepal-India ties need revision

This is the first instance since the 12-point agreement in 2005 that the Maoist leadership has come out openly against what it calls
Delhi’s intrusion in Nepali politics. The implication was that the entire peace process was basically between the Maoist party and New Delhi, with other Nepali parties as fringe players.

The party announced that a national awareness campaign would start from Dec. 25 and run for a month. If the speeches made at the party rally on Tuesday were anything to go by, the Maoists will adopt a strong nationalist pitch in the next few weeks. Still, the party leadership displayed ambivalence in its treatment of

“We are ready to hold talks with
New Delhi,” Chairman Pushpa Kamal Dahal told the party rally, held symbolically outside the Constituent Assembly where the Maoists are the largest party. “But what is the agenda? Are we citizens of a sovereign country?”

There was the inevitable frustration with local parties. “For the last six months, I have reached out countless times to the parties, but they have all gone in vain,” said Dahal. “It’s a pity that the parties are helpless when it comes to taking any decision on their own as they are remote-controlled by New Delhi.”

Dahal offered five key agendas that should feature in the Nepal-India dialogue: scrapping of the 1950 Nepal-India Friendship Treaty, revision of other unequal bilateral treaties, revision of Indian policy to ensure Nepal’s right to international transit, a tripartite agreement between Nepal, India and China on a long-term strategy for Nepal’s development, Nepal-India border disputes, including Susta, and the Indian army’s withdrawal from Kalapani.

Dahal expressed serious concern over Indian Army Chief Gen. Deepak Kapoor’s recent remarks against the en masse integration of former Maoist combatants in Nepal Army. Gen. Kapoor’s statement came during Army Chief Chhatra Man Singh Gurung’s
India visit that concluded on Saturday. Kapoor had said that “if Maoist fighters wish to join Nepal Army, they should follow the due recruitment procedure as other Nepali citizens aspiring to join the Army.”

“What is the point in India prescribing what should or what should not be done on the Army integration issue, which has been clearly outlined in the Comprehensive Peace Agreement?” asked Dahal, adding that silence on the part of Gen. Gurung was indicative of the fact that the current establishment could not speak against New Delhi “even if the silence could cost us our sovereignty”.

The fourth phase of protests, according to the Maoists, will focus on raising “national awareness” by “exposing clandestine deals” with foreign compradors. “We are approaching a situation when we have to fight not only local compradors but also their foreign masters,” said Maoist Vice-Chairman Baburam Bhattarai.

The one-month protest, from Dec. 25 to Jan. 24, is scheduled to culminate in declaration of an indefinite general strike if the government fails to address the party’s demand for a House discussion on the president’s reinstatement of then Army chief Rookmangud Katawal.

The Maoist leaders also took strong exception to the government decision to buy arms from
India, stating that it breached the peace accord and was a part of the “plot” to derail the peace process and suppress the Maoists.


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