Indo-Nepal agreement undermines national sovereignty, say Nepal's opposition parties
They have decided to jointly issue a leaflet highlighting the need to launch a struggle against Nepal government's "act of betrayal". Photograph: (AFP)
Claiming that the recently signed India, Nepal 25-point agreement "undermines" the sovereignty of the landlocked country, several opposition parties in Nepal have announced that they will jointly launch a protest later this month.
In a statement in Kathmandu, the eight Left parties - CPN-ML, CPN-Revolutionary Maoist, CPN-Masal, CPN-Marxist, People's Front Nepal, National People's Front - announced their protest against Prime Minister Pushpa Kamal Dahal’s decision.
CPN-Masal General-Secretary Mohan Bikram Singh said the political parties will hold the joint protest programme beginning on October 25 as certain clauses of the communique signed in New Delhi on September 16 were against the national interests of Nepal.
They have decided to jointly issue a leaflet highlighting the need to launch a struggle against "the act of betrayal" to the nation by Prachanda-led coalition government.
Singh added that the agreement was struck at a time when the country felt a need to scrap the "unequal and anti-national" treaties signed with India in the past.
The joint statement in New Delhi last month had announced measures to strengthen ties between the two neighbours, securing the open borders - not allowing it to be misused by unscrupulous elements, and regularly reviewing economic progress.
The bilateral ties had suffered due to the prolonged protest by Madhesi people in Nepal, demanding changes to the Constitution, that also led to a massive shortage of essential commodities and fuel in Nepal.
(WION with inputs from PTI)