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Secret Nepal power deal under scanner

world Updated: Feb 09, 2011 01:46 IST
Utpal Parashar
Utpal Parashar
Hindustan Times
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The secret deal signed by new Nepal Prime Minister Jhalanath Khanal with Maoist chief Pushpa Kamal Dahal 'Prachanda' to reach the post is set for changes.

Khanal became Nepal's 34th prime minister last week with Maoist support after inking the deal with Prachanda by keeping his party, Communist Party of Nepal (Unified Marxist Leninist), in the dark.

Now faced with opposition from within his party, Khanal who also heads CPN (UML) has admitted his 'mistake' the agreed to review some clauses of the contentious seven-point agreement. The CPN (UML) standing committee endorsed the deal after a heated debate in the PM's official residence late on Monday night.

"Some clauses would soon be rephrased after consultations with Maoists," senior CPN (UML) leader Bam Dev Gautam told media persons.

The rephrased deal would allow all coalition partners to head the government on rotational basis and specify that the CPN (UML)-Maoist alliance would try and include all other parties.

Another debated point stating that the alliance would strive to draft a people's democratic constitution would be changed to 'federal democratic constitution'.

Earlier in the day, after days of speculations, both Khanal and 'Prachanda' admitted that they had signed the deal to end the seven-month long standoff over government formation.

But Nepali Congress, the second largest party in parliament, and some Madhes-based outfits say that the deal violates the peace deal signed at the end of the civil war as well as the interim constitution.