India dismisses Nepal charge of interference in its internal affairs

May 5th, 2009 - 1:50 pm ICT by ANI  

New Delhi/Kathmandu, May 5 (ANI): The Indian Government on Tuesday rejected the the Maoist Government in Nepal’s allegation that it was responsible for the political chaos in that nation.

New Delhi rubbished Maoist claims that it had aided the Nepal Army and backed Nepal President Ram Baran Yadav’s decision to rescind the sacking order of General Rukmangad Katawal.

External Affairs Ministry sources were quoted by a television channel as saying that India had never backed any unconstitutional move in Nepal.

New Delhi’s rejoinder came as an all-party meeting is being held in Kathmandu today at the UML parliamentary office to discuss ways to resolve the political crisis in Nepal following Prime Minister Pushpa Kamal Dahal aka Prachanda’s resignation on Monday.

On Monday evening, leaders of the Nepali Congress (NC) and the CPN (UML) met at the UML central office to attempt to form a new coalition.

After the meeting UML chairman Jhala Nath Khanal said his party is ready to take over the leadership of the next government.

“It was unfortunate for the nation that the army row led to change in the government,” he added.

He stressed on the need for a new agreement among the principal political forces to ensure that the nation gets a new Constitution on time.

UML leader Madhav Kumar Nepal said that Prachanda’s resignation has “paved the way to move forward” and added that the parties would now intensify their deliberations to reach a consensus on the next ruling alliance.

Nepali Congress Vice President Ram Chandra Poudel said his party is in favour of a national consensus on how to move ahead.

He hinted that NC might support the UML to lead the new government.

Meanwhile, the Unified CPN (Maoist) following Prachanda’s resignation has decided to launch an agitation in favour of democracy and civil supremacy.

Prachanda had announced his resignation through an address to the nation on Monday afternoon.

However, the European Union (EU) and the United States have expressed serious concern over the current political developments and its possible consequences in the ongoing peace process.

Issuing a press statement, European Union Heads of Mission (Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, United Kingdom and European Commission) and the representative of The Netherlands in Kathmandu called on all political parties to act responsibly and in accordance with democratic principles. (ANI)

On Monday, External Affairs Minister Pranab Mukherjee said in a statement: “What is happening in Nepal is internal to Nepal. We wish Nepal well in its transition to a fully democratic polity and would hope that the present crisis is resolved in a manner which contributes to the early conclusion of the peace process.”

“We would hope that the broadest possible political consensus would make it possible for Nepal to concentrate on the agreed tasks of Constitution making and of democratic transition,” he added. (ANI)

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