National consensus only if PM scraps seven point deal: Nepali Congress

Koirala said they are in no position to be reassured with the Maoists.

Updated: Feb 20, 2011, 12:26 PM IST

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.