Maoist chief Prachanda on Sunday warned India against attempting to "micro-manage" Nepal`s political system, saying it would be detrimental to Indian

Last Updated: Sunday, September 22, 2013 - 22:49

Kathmandu: Maoist chief Prachanda on Sunday warned India against attempting to "micro-manage" Nepal`s political system, saying it would be detrimental to Indian interests.

"India should not engage in micro-management like who should be the minister and who should not," Prachanda said while speaking at a function to release a book entitled "Prayogshala" or Laboratory, authored by Sudhir Sharma, chief editor of Kantipur national daily.

The book mainly deals with political mystery surrounding the decade-long Maoist insurgency and deposed monarchy. In the book, the author also claims that India is having heavy influence in Nepalese politics.

He warned that meddling in Nepal`s internal affairs would be detrimental to India itself.
His comments come ahead of the November 19 Constituent Assembly polls.

The former prime minister also acknowledged that his party had reached diplomatic pacts with several global leaders during the conflict period in Nepal, including the then Indian Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee.

He revealed that "his party had written letters to then Prime Minister of India Vajpayee, China, European Union and the United Nations during the conflict period expressing the desire to come to the peace process."

Prachanda said that he had sent the letter to Vajpayee through Indian professor S D Muni.

"These agreements were in favour of Nepal and the Nepalese people," Prachanda claimed.

He said that his party has not deviated from its objective though the armed conflict has changed its nature.

"The change that took place in Nepal was the result of the efforts made by Nepali people," he said.

Earlier, another Maoist leader from a breakaway faction had blamed India for the failure of talks on reaching a consensus to defer the Constituent Assembly polls.

"Recently, the chances of forging agreement went in vain after the Indian foreign secretary (Sujata Singh) met leaders of the major four political parties," CPN-Maoist leader C P Gujrel had claimed.

PTI



First Published: Sunday, September 22, 2013 - 22:49

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