Nepal Opposition party opposes Joint Communique during PM Prachanda’s India visit

Former prime minister KP Sharma Oli said his party would not accept the 25 point joint communique issued by Nepali and Indian governments on Friday.

By: PTI | Kathmandu | Published:September 18, 2016 9:01 pm
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Main opposition party CPN-UML on Sunday opposed the 25 point agreement Nepal and India reached during the official visit of Prime Minister Prachanda, saying it “undermined” the independence of the country.

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aid his party would not accept the 25 point joint communique issued by Nepali and Indian governments on Friday.

Oli said: “The statement undermined the independence of Nepal as it just reflected India’s views and the Nepal government’s submission to the southern neighbour.”

Oli was addressing his cadres in Pokhara of Kaski district in western Nepal on Friday after inaugurating the first meeting of UML Province Organisational Committee.

During the Prime Minister’s state visit to India, the two neighbours had issued the joint communique.

“Nepal (in the statement) has agreed with the Indian view that imperfections of the Constitution should be redressed through an amendment,” Oli said.

Oli said that his party was committed to implementing the new Constitution.

“It is UML’s responsibility to implement and protect the Constitution,” he said.

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Therefore, the party would also launch anti-government protests if the government did not introduce timely plans to ensure elections at local, provincial and federal level by January 2018, he warned.

Oli reiterated that his government was toppled as the CPN Maoist Centre was envious of its popularity.

Similarly, resistance to directives issued by foreign forces also contributed to it, he said without naming any country.

Oli’s year-long premiership was marred by the months-long Madhesi protests that crippled the land-locked country’s economy already under strain owing to the post-earthquake reconstruction work.