A diplomat stationed at the Consulate General (CG) of India'soffice in the Tarai town of Birgunj is reported to have encouragedMadhesi politicians to "create a storm" to oppose arecent pact on State restructuring. While leading politicians havecriticised the instance as "intervention", India hasstrongly denied the allegation. Two dailies belonging to the Kantipur group — Nepal's biggestmedia house — reported in their Friday editions that S.D.Mehta, a consular at the CG office, told Tarai politicians acrossparty lines that the division of Madhes into several parts had"broken his heart". At a cocktail reception onWednesday evening, Mr. |
Mehta — according to the news reports— urged leaders to "take to the streets before May27". On May 15, Nepal's national parties had reached an agreement tocarve out 11 States in a future federal set-up; the names and theboundaries of the States were to be decided later. The informalunderstanding is to carve the Tarai plains into five provinces.This has drawn opposition from Madhesi parties. Madhesi Ministershave threatened to resign if the deal is not revised and a BroadMadhesi Front led by the former Foreign Minister, Upendra Yadav,has declared an indefinite strike in the Tarai and obstructedParliament. Maoists, Communist Party of Nepal (Unified Marxist Leninist), andthe Nepali Congress have criticised the diplomat's action as"interference in Nepal's internal affairs".
DeputyPrime Minister Narayan Kaji Shrestha ‘Prakash' said thegovernment would draw the attention of the Indian government to thematter. Maoist chairman Pushpa Kamal Dahal ‘Prachanda' metIndian Ambassador Jayant Prasad to enquire about the reportedstatement. And the UML has asked that Mr. Mehta be declared persona non-grata.
Embassy rebuts The Indian Embassy has strongly refuted the allegation, terming it"factually incorrect and misleading". It said,"Such attributions seek to distract from the friendlyrelations between India and Nepal. India remains committed tosupporting the Constitution-making process for the establishment ofa stable, democratic and prosperous Nepal and will cooperate in themanner determined exclusively by the people and leadership ofNepal." Indian officials said they have "scrupulously" stayedaway from Nepal's constitutional debates. On form of government,even though different Nepali politicians lobbied with New Delhi toback either a presidential or parliamentary system depending ontheir preferences, senior diplomats say they did not intervene inthe issue at all.
The eventual compromise worked out by the Nepaliparties is for a mixed system with a directly elected President anda strong P.M. elected indirectly by Parliament. On federalism, while older mainstream parties claim in privateconversations that India is backing Madhesi parties, a seniorMadhesi politician, on the condition of anonymity, said: "Wefeel India has not supported our cause enough. They in fact urgedus to show flexibility for the sake of a constitution." Adiplomatic source pointed to the contrasting perceptions and saidIndia had no intention of getting embroiled in ‘internaldivisive issues of this nature'.
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