Nepal's ruling Maoists have accused foreign powers, including India and the US, of "interfering" in the internal affairs of the Himalayan nation. In a political document yet to be made public, they also claimed the US was "encircling" China through India and suggested that Nepal should adopt a policy of equi-distance with New Delhi and Beijing taking into consideration the geopolitical situation, The Kathmandu Post reported. Indian "expansionism" has "interfered" in Nepal's political, cultural and economic affairs, the paper said quoting Maoist sources.
The CPN (Maoist) central committee also discussed these issues and expressed views that the party should be serious about "nationalism", the daily said. Asked for his comment, senior party Standing Committee member and the foreign department chief of the party C P Gajurel admitted that the party has concluded that "there has been increasing foreign interference in Nepal's political, cultural, economic and social sectors." "Nationalism has come under threat" in the present circumstances, he said adding, the party has realised that it should "launch a fight" against that.
The political document adopted by the party, which is to be presented during its general convention in a few months, also said the US has "interfered" in Nepal's political affairs and the US Ambassador in Nepal has given speeches against the Maoists in different parts of the country, the daily said.