Four-Point Deal is anti-national

Nepal is an independent and sovereign country of the world. Our aim is not to oppose any group. We are raising the genuine issues of Nepal. What I can say is that the four-point deal can turn Nepal’s status as Bhutan and Sikkim.<br>CP. GAJUREL

Sept. 30, 2011, 5:45 p.m. Published in Magazine Issue: Vol.: 05 No.-07 Sept . 30-2011 (Ashwin 13,2068)<br>

Our party waged the People’s War against the process of Bhutanisation and Sikkimisation and tens of thousands of people sacrificed their lives for the cause of Nepal’s independence and sovereignty. The recent agreement signed by United Democratic Madheshi Front (UMDF) and two Maoist leaders Prachanda and prime minister Dr. Baburam Bhattarai, however, has put our party on an anti-national plank. This is the reason our leader and ideologue Mohan Baidyaji, along with several other top leaders, including Ram Bahadur Thapa Badal, raised their voices against the anti-national deal. I agree with leader Baidyaji that the agreement paved the way for the process of Sikkimisation and Bhutanisation. We will oppose all such kinds of move. If our two leaders Prachandaji and prime minister Dr. Bhattarai fail to respond to us, they will have to face severe consequences.  No patriotic person can tolerate this kind of agreement any more. 

There is no doubt that the four-point deal between UCPN-Maoist and United Democratic Madheshi Front (UDMF) is against the national interest and contravenes the party´s ideology. I would like to warn the leadership that they will be punished by the people if they fail to correct their mistakes. There is nobody above the country and our party leader Prachandaji and Dr. Baburamji are not exception. Party leadership and the prime minister have committed mistakes by signing the ‘erroneous’ deal.

I don’ think it is possible to induct 10,000 Madheshis en masse in Nepal Army. By pushing this agenda, Madhesh based parties have made an attempt to infiltrate in the army and divide the institution. We oppose the exclusion of entry of any community in the army in bulk. If so, what about the youths from Limbu, Tharu or other communities The army should be democratized to make it an inclusive institution. It does not mean that Nepal Army should be made an army of regional and ethnic groups. Nepal Army must bear national characters with composition of various ethnic groups of Nepal. The inclusion of People’s Army in the national army is a different matter as our People’s Army sacrificed their lives to bring the changes and transform Nepal into a federal, democratic republic. Our People’s Army is inclusive in nature. The decision to form a separate Madheshi unit with the strength of 10,000 personnel in the national army would be counterproductive. This kind of commitment would instigate other ethnic groups to demand similar share in the Nepal Army.

I would like to stress that the provisions in the agreement that commit to inclusive, democratic and republican constitution, return of the seized properties, resolution of outstanding issues with two neighbours and the creation of a separate unit for Madheshis in Nepal Army were against the policy of the Maoist party. The party should abide by the policy of “People's Federal Democratic Republic” and should not force the peasants and squatters to return the properties they have been using unless an alternative arrangement is made for them.

One of the most objectionable points in the agreement is settling the proposed and pending issues with neighboring countries.  I would like to ask Baburamji: What are those proposed issues yet to be resolved? Nepal and India are yet to sign the treaties on extradition and on allowing Indian air marshals. If Nepal signs these two treaties, the status of Nepal will not even be on par with Bhutan. In the name of resolving the outstanding issues with neighbouring countries, Nepal should not sign extradition treaty and allow air marshals in Indian flights. Such decisions will not benefit Nepal but would reduce the country's sovereign status as in Bhutan.

I am also opposed to the wordings “inclusive democratic republic” used in the deal. It is not in line with our party´s policy which advocates people´s federal republic. Therefore it is not acceptable to us. The provision on the right to property was also unacceptable. The provision states there will be no infringement, in any form, on the property legally owned by any individual. “Such a provision is unacceptable even to the Nepali Congress, let alone to a communist party like ours.”

The properties can be returned only after the government provides an alternative to those who are using it.  All the moves of this government are anti-national and anti-party. We objected to the government decision to hand over the keys of the arms containers to the Special Committee without first settling thorny issues of integration. One thing is certain that we are not anti-peace.

This government has conflicting attitudes in nature. The government signed an agreement with Madheshis to make Nepal inclusive, but the government violated the constitutional provision by ignoring the number of women in the cabinet. While the Interim Constitution has made it mandatory for the political parties to be inclusive, the reinstated parliament, prior to the CA election in 2008, had endorsed a stricture making it mandatory to ensure 33 percent representation of women in all the government bodies. Where has this commitment gone now?

In whatever ways the political leadership tried to defend it, what I can say is that the deal was against the national interest. Although almost all clauses are objectionable, most objectionable clauses are 4.2, 4.5 and 4.6.  Under the clause 4.6, the present government seems to be heading to sign an extradition treaty and Air Marshal agreement with India, which has been demanding this kind of treaty for long. If this government will sign these agreements, Nepal’s sovereign rights will be curtailed. This is the reason Maoist leaders are opposing this. Although our leadership put forward it in the meeting, both Bhattarai and party chairman Pushpa Kamal Dahal had not taken us into confidence before signing the pact.

We are not against anybody and any country. However, it is unacceptable for us to sign any treaty which will curtail our sovereign rights. Nepal is an independent and sovereign country of the world. Our aim is not to oppose any group. We are raising the genuine issues of Nepal. What I can say is that the four-point deal can turn Nepal’s status as Bhutan and Sikkim.
(CP Gajurel, Maoist leader close to Baidya, is a CA member. This article is based on his talk with New Spotlight)

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