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NC asks PM Khanal to amend 7-point deal reached with Maoists

world Updated: Feb 16, 2011 20:55 IST

Nepal's main opposition party NC has said it may join a national consensus government if Premier Jhalanath Khanal amends the 7-point power-sharing deal he reached with Maoist supremo Prachanda which was "against the spirit of peace and Constitution-writing process."

If the Prime Minister is ready to review the deal reached between him and Prachanda, the Nepali Congress can consider the option of joining the coalition government under him, Nepali Congress (NC) leader and ex-deputy premier Sujata Koirala said.

All political parties should work together to forge understanding and collaboration to draft a new Constitution and complete the peace process, she said. There is no relevance of the seven-point agreement reached between the two Communist parties -- CPN-UML of Khanal and CPN-Maoist of Prachanda, Koirala maintained.

She insisted that the Nepali Congress may join Khanal-led government if he is ready to find out a new basis of understanding among all political parties in order to complete the task of drafting a new Constitution and concluding the peace process.

Claiming that the seven-point agreement was against the spirit of peace and Constitution-writing process, she said the Maoists should not be given the portfolio of Home and Defence ministries in this situation.

Three Madhesi parties from the Terai region bordering India have also taken strong exception to the seven-point agreement, amid reports that the "secret" pact includes provisions such as sharing of the Prime Ministerial post between Khanal and Prachanda on rotational basis.

The Nepalese opposition parties agreed that such an agreement not only violated the spirit of 2006 Comprehensive Peace Agreement (CPA), interim Constitution and various other pacts reached in the past, but also undermined the constitutionally formed Special Committee for Supervision, Integration and Rehabilitation of the 19,000 former Maoist combatants. They claimed the agreement to share the Prime Ministerial post on a rotational basis aims to establish the hegemony of the two Left parties. Prime Minister Khanal has, however, dismissed reports that he had agreed to hand over power to Prachanda as part of the "secret" deal.