CPN-M submits 70-pt demand to PM
KATHMANDU, SEP 10 -
CPN-Maoist submitted 70-point charter of demands to the government on Monday.
CPN-M Vice Chairman CP Gajurel with his team submitted the memorandum to Prime Minster Baburam Bhattarai at his office in Singhdurbar this afternoon, earlier endorsed by the party’s Central Committee.
Meanwhile, the team is holding discussion regarding their demands with the PM.
The 70-point charter of demands is similar to the 40-point memo submitted by the former CPN (Maoist) in 1996 to then PM Sher Bahadur Deuba. Immediately after submitting the memorandum, the party had launched an armed insurgency, calling it a “people’s war.”
Over two dozen demands in the memorandum are directly related to India.
The demands include scrapping of many “unequal” deals and treaties with India, including the Upper Karnali hydropower project and the Bilateral Investment Promotion and Protection Agreement ( BIPPA ).
Other demands include annulment of the decision to hand over the management of the Tribhuvan International Airport (TIA) to an Indian firm, better control of the open border with India and removal of the provision of direct Indian assistance. The government allows the Kathmandu-based Indian Embassy to ‘directly invest INR 50 million in various projects without approval from the Ministry of Finance.’
Posted on: 2012-09-10 02:14