Two Senior Communist leaders from Nepal — one a former orime minister, and another one aspiring for the top post — on Tuesday said the promulgation of the new Constitution in Nepal was a “matter of conscience and self-respect” for the Nepalese people an assertion of the country’s sovereign right, and it was not a move directed against India.
Maoist chief Pushpa Kamal Dahal said: “Any act from anywhere that amounts to undermining our sovereignty is not acceptable to the Nepalese… By promulgating our own Constitution, we have only asserted of our sovereign rights, something that is not directed towards any country,” he added.
“We cannot bow down before anyone’s pressure or persuasion. It is a matter of our conscience and self-respect. This time Nepalese people have realised their 70-year-old dream of writing their own Constitution by themselves,” he said. The promulgation of the Constitution will not go against any country, he said. He was speaking at a reception hosted by the Communist Party of Nepal-Unified Marxist Leninist (CPN-UML), to celebrate the promulgation of the new Constitution on Sunday.
UML Chairman Oli also dismissed India’s fear that any protest demonstration in parts of Nepal’s Tarai would have any bearing on India’s security.
“I refuse to believe that India is going to launch a blockade on Nepal, “ Oli, an aspirant for the Prime Minister’s post said.
But Dahal, who said during a public meeting on Monday that Nepal wanted to be India’s friends and not “Yes-men”, went further on Tuesday, and advised the Nepalese people not to be panicked even if a blockade came. “Let us not fear from the possible blockade. We will not compromise on our self-respect.”
Over the last week, India has given a cold response to the promulgation of the Nepalese Constitution, and has given warnings that containers and truck drivers supplying goods to Nepal were fearing their safety, indicating that it may lead to some form of blockade. Prime Minister Modi’s special emissary S Jaishankar had conveyed India’s concern to Nepali leaders over the situation in the Madhes region, adjoining India, and asked to accommodate their view points on federalism and other issues before the promulgation.
Perhaps under Indian pressure, Nepal PM Sushil Koirala met Mahanth Thakur, a prominent Madhes leader in the morning which was followed by meeting between Koirala, Oli and Prachanda on one side, and Bijay Gachedar, leader of the Forum Loktantrik, to explore peace ownership of the Constitution.-with PTI inputs