KATHMANDU: Controversial transcripts of alleged conversation between Nepali Congress president Girija Prasad Koirala and Unified-CPN-Maoist chairman Prachanda circulated in print and electronic media today, forcing a public rebuttal by the ruling party and main opposition. The Maoists today refuted media reports, organising a press meet at its headquarters in Paris Danda in the capital.
“I don't know about the authenticity of these reports. I can comment only if I found them authentic. Girijababu had told me that he did not make any agreement with Prachanda in Singapore,” said NC Parliamentary Party leader Ram Chandra Paudel. “It's completely deliberate, baseless and fabricated news that aim to sabotage our party's agenda. We neither discussed nor inked any agreement,” said Maoist leader Krishna Bahadur Mahara, who had accompanied Prachanda during the Singapore trip as the head of the Maoists' Foreign Department.
“We also have received an anonymous e-mail, which stated seven-point agreement between Koirala and Prachanda. The three-page email is bogus. We'll probe into its veracity,” added Mahara.
The transcripts of the alleged conversation between Prachanda and Koirala refer to a pact between the duo, which planned a new political alignment.
The authenticity of the CCTV recording of the conversation, which took place in Singapore's Gleneagles Hospital, is yet to be proven. Be that as it may, it was enough to create ripples back home with parties getting into a huddle to ascertain its implications.
The two key political figures of the peace process had agreed to find a middle-path to resolve all contentious political problems at the earliest during a meeting in Singapore on November 17.
However, both have been silent about the broad contours of the middle-path. There are speculations that the duo agreed to form a new ruling coalition. As per the alleged agreement, Prachanda would lead the government, and Koirala would be anointed the new President, with the Maoists' support at incumbent Dr Ram Baran Yadav' expense.
But the leaders have dismissed these proposals as “figment of media imagination”.
“We met for around 15-20 minutes at the hospital, and simply talked forming high level political mechanism. But, we did not talk about the modality of the mechanism,” explained Mahara adding that it was merely an understanding to seek middle-path to resolve the crisis.
“We've been talking about the middle-path for long. As per our theory, the President won't be dragged into the dispute, and our demand for restoration of 'civilian supremacy' will be addressed. We've consulting with rival parties on these lines,” added Mahara.