National consensus only if PM scraps seven point deal: Nepali Congress
Last Updated: Sunday, February 20, 2011, 12:26
  
Kathmandu: Nepali Congress President Sushil Koirala has said that the process of forging a national consensus can materialise only if Prime Minister Jhala Nath Khanal scraps the seven-point deal reached between him and Maoist Chairman Prachanda.

Addressing a rally in his hometown Banke to mark the 61st Democracy Day, Koirala yesterday termed the seven-point "secret deal" between the two communist parties as a sabotage against democracy.

Koirala's remarks comes in the wake of the Prime Minister's call to all the political parties including main opposition Nepali Congress to join the government.

"It is useless for other parties to talk about cooperation when we see the agreement reached between these two individuals for power sharing purposes," Koirala said.

"Nevertheless, the NC wants that dialogue should be initiated in a new fashion since it has traditionally stood in favor of reconciliation."

Koirala said they are in no position to be reassured with the Maoists as the latter have failed to abide by past agreements and also continue to intimidate the cadres of rival parties in the remote villages.

"Maoists are still issuing death threats to NC cadres if the latter fail to pay donations," he said.

"The Maoists intention goes against democracy," he said, adding the NC would forcefully counter any attempt by the Maoists to abolish democracy in the country.

"The Maoists themselves will perish if they attempted to abolish democracy," he claimed.

PTI


First Published: Sunday, February 20, 2011, 12:26


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