Leaders surprised at PM remark

Kathmandu, September 14:

Prime Minister Girija Prasad Koirala’s remark that the nation is facing a threat to its sovereignty has taken the eight-party alliance leaders by surprise and dismay.

“Yes he said it. But the point is it is neither important nor meaningful now given the way we

have been analysing the issues related to sovereignty. There has always been a threat to our sovereignty,” Maoist leader CP Gajurel said. But he was unable to say why the Prime Minister came up with that remark.

“It would be better if he elaborated on that,” Gajurel said.

“The nation has been under threat since long. Since most of the parties, including that of the Prime Minister, have not said that before, how can anyone see such a danger all of a sudden?” he asked.

Nepali Congress (NC) leader Laxman Ghimire blamed the Maoist outfit for creating a situation from where it is very easy “for others to take over.”

“Maoists did a very bad job when they divided their political following into a number of groups along casteist and regionalist lines. That did the worst thing and what is happening ever since in the Tarai is the end result,” Ghimire said. He added that if sovereignty had been under threat, it must have been so since the last 8-10 months.