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Journey we’d started from Delhi has ended: Nepali Maoist
Publication Date : 18-04-2012
Nepal's UCPN (Maoist) Chairman Pushpa Kamal Dahal has said the political journey began from New Delhi based on the 12-point understanding has reached its conclusion with the handover of PLA command to the national army.
This understanding signed between the erstwhile Seven-Party Alliance and the Maoist party in New Delhi with India’s "active support" some seven years ago, drew the course of ongoing political process while dethroning the king and establishing the Constituent Assembly.
“It is a matter of pride and a happy moment that PLA (People’s Liberation Army) is going to be a part of the national army,” Dahal told The Hindu, an Indian daily. “As the chairman of the party which led the process, I feel I got an opportunity to fulfil my responsibility. The journey that began in Delhi with the 12-point deal has now concluded.”
Talking at length about India’s role in Nepal’s political process, Dahal said there has been certain freshness in relationship between New Delhi and Nepali Maoists as well as a greater understanding of each other’s concerns in the past year-and-a half.
“Right now, India wants to see the conclusion of peace and constitution-drafting processes, political stability and development in Nepal. I don’t see India having other motive,” Dahal said. He told The Hindu that an appropriate balance between India and China is important, however quickly added Kathmandu has a “special relationship” with Delhi.
Hope for national unity govt
Maoist Chairman Dahal also said that a national unity government should be formed under the current prime minister till the peace process gets
completed and agreement on the fundamentals of the new constitution is reached.
“On the day of constitution promulgation itself, we do not have any objection to even a Nepali Congress-led government,” he argued.
He said the differences on form of governance have been more or less resolved. “An all-party taskforce submitted a proposal that there should be a directly elected president, and a PM elected by the parliament with power sharing between the two. This is the meeting point,” Dahal stated.