Thursday, February 17, 2005

INDIA:Communist Party Threatens Use of Force to Stop Arms Supply to Nepal

+ General Secretary of the CPI (ML), Dipankar Bhattacharya told the South Asia Tribune from Patna (Bihar) on telephone: “We will not allow any Indian military aid against the Maoists to cross into Nepal from Bihar. Our cadres will disrupt the supplies at any cost. If India supports the Monarchy, we will not sit idle here. We will give all help to our comrades in Nepal including logistic support.” +

Communist Party Threatens Use of Force to Stop Arms Supply to Nepal
Arun Rajnath

NEW DELHI, February 17: The Communist Party of India on Thursday threatened to physically block any Indian military supplies to the Nepalese Kingdom, raising the specter of armed clashes on Indo-Nepal border in Bihar.

The CPI (Marxist-Leninist) ultimatum came as the Nepalese King received political and diplomatic support from the Rightist forces of India, including the Vishwa Hindu Parishad (VHP).

The CPI is the known political front of the Indian Naxalites and its threat further complicates the situation which has divided the Indian political forces, for and against the King and his controversial dismissal of the Deuba Government.

General Secretary of the CPI (ML), Dipankar Bhattacharya told the South Asia Tribune from Patna (Bihar) on telephone: “We will not allow any Indian military aid against the Maoists to cross into Nepal from Bihar. Our cadres will disrupt the supplies at any cost. If India supports the Monarchy, we will not sit idle here. We will give all help to our comrades in Nepal including logistic support.”

International Vice President of the Vishwa Hindu Parishad, Acharya Giriraj Kishore called on the Nepali ambassador, Karana Dhoj Adhikari in the capital on Wednesday and pledged all moral and political support to the King.

Acharya Kishore told the South Asia Tribune after the meeting: “ The United Progressive Alliance Government has no political or diplomatic foresight. Instead of supporting the King, the political leadership is mobilizing international community against the Monarchy which has vowed to tramp down Maoist terrorism.”

“Our Executive President, Ashok Singhal will soon visit Kathmandu to hold talks with King Gyanendra. We realize that this is the right time to accelerate military action against the Nepali Maoists and Indian Naxalites,” he added.

When this correspondent asked the CPI Secretary General about the VHP support for the Monarchy, Bhattacharya said: “The VHP is the Hindu fundamental organization, and Nepal is the only Hindu nation. Nepal would become a secular State if Monarchy is abrogated and people’s rule is established. And this would be against the fundamentalist forces of India.”

“We are struggling here for the establishment of people’s rule and for exploitation free society. Similarly, Maoists in Nepal have the same goal. It is very natural that we have sympathies and support for them,” he added.

Indian officials say New Delhi was keeping all its options open as far as military aid to Nepal was concerned.

Informed sources at the Indian Foreign Office told the South Asia Tribune: “No request for more arms supply has yet come from Nepal. As soon as we receive any such demand, we will react to it accordingly as we have kept all the options open.”

“India has special relations with Nepal. Sometimes diplomatically untoward situation arises, but in spite of such situations, our bilateral relations should remain calm and peaceful. Both the countries are working in this direction,” officials added.

The VHP has also criticized the upcoming Nepali political agitation in New Delhi. All the political parties of Nepal have planned to stage a demonstration in front of the Nepali Embassy in New Delhi on February 19.

Nepal’s former Prime Minister GP Koirala’s nephew and leader of the Nepali Congress, Shekhar Koirala told the South Asia Tribune: “We will stage a demonstration in front of the Nepali Embassy. All six major political parties will participate in the rally. All the key political leaders have moved to Delhi from their hideouts in Nepal.”

These six political parties have formed a common platform. Shekhar Koirala of the Nepali Congress, Pradeep Giri of the Nepali Congress (Democratic), Gobind Prasad Koirala of the Nepali Communist Party-Marxist Leninist, Chandra Deo Joshi of the Nepali Communist Party (United), Chitra Bahadur of the Nepali Communist Party (Mashaal), and AK Rajendra Mahto of the Nepali Communist Party (A) have moved to India.

Shekhar Koirala said: “We have made a forum under the aegis of the Nepali Jansampark Samiti in India. We also appeal to the international human rights organizations to look into the state of affairs in the Himalayan Kingdom, following the clampdown by King Gyanendra.”

Talking to the South Asia Tribune the Nepalese Ambassador to India, Karan Dhoj Adhikari said: “We hope that the Indian Government will look into this matter. Nothing should be done from the Indian side that could deteriorate the bilateral relations between the two countries.”

When asked if he wanted the Indian Government to dissuade the Opposition leaders of Nepal from using the Indian territory for their political agitation, Adhikari said: “This has to be decided by the Indian Government. We just say that nothing should be done which would damage our relations.”

Acharya Giriraj Kishore of VHP corroborated the statement of the Nepali Ambassador. He demanded of the Indian Government that such agitations should be banned. He said: “India should not provide any platform to any foreign political leaders to wage struggle against their own country or government. The upcoming demonstration of the Nepali political parties should immediately be banned.”

Acharya said: “When General Pervez Musharraf toppled the Nawaz Sharif Government in Pakistan and usurped power, neither did India nor the international community play any pro-active role against it. Why now? When General Musharraf came here after declaring himself the President of Pakistan, the Indian leaders welcomed him.”

“Is it because Nepal is a small country, and comparatively more vulnerable and susceptible to international pressures and sanctions, everyone is after it. Indian leadership must understand that the Deuba Government was unable to cope with the Maoist terrorism. We should give a chance to the King,” he added.

Acharya said that all military aid to Nepal must be resumed at the earliest as Maoists have launched fresh attacks, and skirmishes are going on in different parts of Nepal.