Meanwhile, we are eagerly waiting for the arrival of UN team for arms management
Ambassadors James F. Moriarty and Shiv Shankar Mukharjee of the United States and India respectively meet CPN UML General Secretary Madhav Kumar Nepal, reports Kantipur TV. Why? Both envoys want to warn the second largest party in the governing alliance not to include the Maoists in the interim government before deciding about the rebel arms. These meetings occur on the same day when Nepal government and Maoists decide to receive the interim constitution crafted by the Interim Constitution Draft Committee on Friday. And there comes Prachanda who publicly complains about increasing collaboration between India and the US on blocking Maoists to join the interim government to be formed as per the interim constitution. In an interview to BBC Nepali Service’s Sushil Sharma (published in Nepalnews), Prachanda says, “We also suspect that the US and India have been collaborating to come here under a design. That has worried us even more… I would rather say that the Indian rulers have lately expanded collaboration with the US rulers. The American pressure and the vested interest of India’s hard-line faction have merged as a hurdle to Nepal’s independence and self-determination.”
According to reports, the duo discussed the current political situation of the country and disarmament of Maoist insurgents before holding the election of the constituent assembly.
Head of the government talks team and Home Minister Krishna Prasad Sitaula assured the head of ICDC Laxman Prasad Aryal over the phone that both the teams would receive the interim constitution. An informal meeting of the government and rebel talks team on Monday had agreed to receive the constitution. Despite the repeated appeals by the ICDC head Aryal, the seven-party alliance government and the Maoist rebels have failed to reach a common agreement on the interim legislature, constituent assembly process, arms management and other political issues, resulting in the delay of the submission deadline of the temporary constitution.
Prachanda said it was India and the Indian army which had been in the forefront in safeguarding the royal regime and assisting the Nepalese army. I have the feeling that it is trying to keep the monarchy through different channels. I don’t believe that India favours the abolition of monarchy, he added.