CPN-Maoist Centre Chair Pushpa Kamal Dahal today said that CPN-UML Chair KP Sharma Oli had signed the unity deal with him just to become the prime minister.

Addressing a national gathering of Young Communist League, the CPN-MC's youth wing, here today, Dahal said his party's agreement with UML Chair Oli was for sharing power both in the party and government, but Oli ditched him when the time came for him to honour the agreement.

"Our unity deal had stated that both of us – Oli and I - would co-chair the party and we would both become prime minister for half the period of the five-year term, but he became the prime minister and never honoured the unity deal," CPN- Mc chair Dahal said and added that some might say that he should not have signed the document with Oli, but he did not err by signing the deal with him.

"Oli had signed the deal that said the people's war played an important role in establishing republican, democratic and federal system.

The document signed by Oli also said the Maoist war was crucial in raising awareness among the marginalised communities," he added. Dahal said after he knew Oli's designs, he and some other leaders, played an important role in toppling Oli from power.

Dahal said Oli's remarks that he would not indulge in corruption and would not allow anybody to indulge in corruption was a mere slogan to mask corrupt activities. His remarks against corruption were akin to selling local alcoholic drinks by labelling them with expensive brands, he added. Dahal, however, did not elaborate.

He said regressive forces were still trying to reverse the political gains and youth leaders of his party should remain vigilant against any conspiracy against the constitution and new political gains.

Dahal said the youth leaders of the party should win people's hearts and minds to prove the party's relevance.

If we cannot be different from other parties, we cannot prove our relevance, he argued.

Dahal said that the five-party alliance was created to protect the constitution, democracy and unity of the country and would remain active until there was convergence of ideas on these issues.

A version of this article appears in the print on August 29 2021, of The Himalayan Times.