Maoists targeting Indian hydropower projects is old news in Nepal. But their fresh attack on 14 such projects has evoked unprecedented condemnation from all.
The main opposition party has asked the government to shelve these projects, mostly built by Indian firms, terming them as against Nepal's interests and threatening to shut them down forcibly.
Terming the move as political, Energy Minister Prakash Sharan Mahat stated that despite allegations all legal formalities were fulfilled for the projects. Nepal's two major parties, CPN-UML and Nepali Congress, have termed the Maoist move as illogical and unconvincing.