A senior Nepalese Maoist leader has accused Prime Minister Manmohan Singh for delaying their peace talks with the Nepalese government.
"The key of the talks is in the hands of the Indian Prime Minister," a local daily quoted a Maoist leader, Matrika Yadav, as saying.
Yadav, who is the leader of the Madhesi National Liberation Front (MNLF), is an important Maoist leader and holds much clout in the terai region of the landlocked country.
Addressing the first convention of his party in Bhairahawa on Wednesday, Yadav said that the Indian government has exerted 'undue' pressure on Nepalese Prime Minister Girija Prasad Koirala that has resulted "in the delay of the fruitful talks".
He also accused Koirala of being 'a pawn in the hands of India', and added, "What Koirala agrees during the talks with Maoists, he changes the tone after consulting with India."
Stating that the conclusion of the Nepal government-Maoists talks would give a psychological victory to the Maoists world over, Yadav alleged that the capitalists from the world over are camping in New Delhi to stop this talk from materialising.
"US ambassador to Kathmandu, James Moriarty also had recently visited New Delhi with the same purpose of impeding the peace talks", Yadav alleged.
He also said that Maoist leader Prachanda is himself concerned over this development and has recently spoken to India's ambassador to Nepal, Shiv Shankar Mukherjee on this regard.
This is not the first time that such accusations have been made against India by the Nepalese leaders.
A week earlier, a leader of the seven-party alliance, Narayan Man Bijukchhe had alleged, "key for talks is stuck in New Delhi."