All pacts with India should be rectified: Shrestha

Deputy Prime Minister said he and PM have "serious difference over the promotion and protection of national integrity".

Last Updated: Jul 23, 2012, 23:17 PM IST

Kathmandu: A top Nepalese minister on Monday demanded all the treaties and agreements signed with India, including the Bilateral Investment Protection and Promotion Agreement, by Prime Minister Baburam Bhattarai should be rectified as they could affect the national sovereignty.

Deputy Prime Minister Narayan Kaji Shrestha said he and Prime Minister Baburam Bhattarai have "serious difference over the promotion and protection of national integrity".

"I will stand against all those decisions and policies that are against the national sovereignty," said Shrestha, a senior Maoist leader.

Bhattarai had signed the Bilateral Investment Protection and Promotion Agreement (BIPPA) with India during his maiden visit to New Delhi in October last year after he became the prime minister with the support of the Madhesi parties.

Shrestha claimed he had expressed reservations during the cabinet meeting regarding the signing of BIPPA.

"BIPPA must be corrected. The agreement signed without the consent of party should be reviewed," he said.

Shrestha said there is no difference in the party`s viewpoint about India before and after the seventh plenum of the party which concluded in Kathmandu recently.

He said he would not compromise with anyone in order to complete the party`s revolution and stand in favour of national sovereignty.

Nepal is positive towards Pranab Mukherjee India`s newly elected president as he has a thorough knowledge about Nepal, he said, adding Nepal hopes that the bilateral ties between Nepal and India will further strengthen during his tenure.

In a question Shrestha said consensus among the political parties is indispensable to hold the Constituent Assembly elections announced for November 22.

"Election is impossible without consensus with the Nepali Congress and CPN-UML. Taking into account the developments so far, the date for the election will be deferred," he said.

"Necessary amendments in the electoral laws cannot be made without consensus. Then how is the election possible?" he asked.