UML not to accept 25-point Nepal-India communiqué

POKHARA: CPN-UML Chairman KP Sharma Oli on Sunday said his party would not accept the 25-point joint communiqué issued by Nepali and Indian governments on Friday.

Oli was of the view that the Nepal-India joint statement undermined the independence of Nepalis as it just reflected India's opinions and the Nepal government's submission to the southern neighbour.

The former Prime Minister was addressing his cadres in Pokhara of Kaski district today after inaugurating the first meeting of UML Province 4 Organisational Committee.

During Prime Minister Pushpa Kamal Dahal's state visit to India, Nepal and India had issued the communiqué two days ago. Dahal just returned home today.

"Nepal (in the statement) has agreed with the Indian view that imperfections of the Constitution should be redressed through an amendment."

Oli, meanwhile, said his party, which is main opposition in the Parliament, was committed to implementing the Constitution.

"It is UML's responsibility to implement and protect the Constitution," he said, "We will not let it become a failure."

Therefore, the party would also launch anti-government protests if the government did not introduce timely plans to ensure elections at local, provincial and federal level by January 2018, he warned.

The immediate past PM, however, was of the view that the party would support the government initiatives for timely polls.

Oli reiterated that his government was toppled as the CPN Maoist Centre was envious of its popularity. Likewise, resistance to directives of foreign forces also contributed to it, he added.

UML General Secretary Ishwor Pokharel, Secretary Prithvi Subba Gurung and Province 4 Coordinator Kiran Gurung among others had spoken at the function.

The meeting would last till Monday.