Feb 6, Hetaunda: Vice Chairman of the UCPN (Maoist) and Prime Minister Dr Baburam Bhattarai has said signing the Bilateral Investment Protection and Promotion Agreement (BIPPA) with India was both necessity and compulsion for the government.
Replying the questions raised by party leaders and cadres during the closed session of the party in the ongoing general convention in Hetauda today, Mr Bhattarai said the Agreement was meant for bringing in investment to the country and was not against the interests of the nation. It was just for attaining economic progress, he added.
He also informed that agreements like BIPPA have been signed in other countries also.”The government has not done such acts that are against the interests of the nation”, the Prime Minister said, claiming that he was sensitive towards the agendas of the nation.
Admitting that the government has failed to work as per the people’s expectations, he said the government could not bring the full budget and announce the government policies and programmes due to the obstructions from the opposition parties. The PM further said the government could not come up with relief programmes for the people and meet their expectations due to the non-cooperation from the opposition parties.
Problems have arisen in settling the war-era cases as an ordinance related to the formation of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission presented by the government was rejected, Dr Bhattarai said, and urged the party leaders and cadres to have satisfaction over the acts the government could do in a short span of time. He said, “Collecting and cleaning of junks left over in the government bodies by the previous governments led by the Nepali Congress and the CPN- UML was not an easy task for my government”.
Stating that party Chairman Prachanda was the leader of the party, Vice Chairman Bhattarai said an alternative to Dahal was not acceptable for him. “It is our responsibility to move ahead in unity and complete the party agenda for revolution under the leadership of Dahal”, he said.
Talking about the Dhobighat understanding, the UCPN (Maoist) Vice Chairman said the meeting was not against the party Chairman. He said during the meeting, he was proposed to take the post of party Chairman by replacing Prachanda, which he rejected citing that Prachanda was the supreme leader of the party.
The point relating to going for referendum to determine the international border issues included in Prachanda’s report will be removed, he said. Policy adopted at present by the party was justified, he said, stressing that all the rank and file within the party should be active to make the policy successful.
The party Vice Chairman further said none within the UCPN (Maoist) was against the interests of the nation and presenting oneself as a ‘different one’ under the veil of patriotism was not logical. RSS