Biratnagar, Mar 21 - Nepali Congress president Sushil Koirala said Monday that the UCPN-Maoist and the CPN-UML deceived Nepali Congress by signing the seven-point agreement in a closed room.
Talking to journalists at Biratnagar Airport, Koirala said that the two parties signed the agreement when talks among the parties were underway to finalise the issues related to peace, constitution and power sharing.
He said that NC would support the government from the floor if the seven-point agreement was scrapped.
"If the ruling parties correct themselves, NC is ready to ink new agreements," he said and added, "We should not develop negative attitude when we had time to take the peace process to a logical conclusion and draft the new constitution."
He said he was hopeful that the country would get the new constitution in time.
‘I am sure the constitution will be drafted and it will be a democratic constitution," he said.
He said that all problems arose due to the dishonesty of the UCPN-Maoist.
He further said that the new constitution would be promulgated if the Maoists were honest in managing their combatants, writing the new statute and following pluralism.
In Chitwan, Parliamentary Party leader Ram Chandra Poudel said that his party would not join the government no matter what ministerial berths it was given unless the seven-point agreement was scrapped.
Speaking at a function organized to mark the first death anniversary of late Girija Prasad Koirala in Ratnanagar, Poudel said that the seven-point agreement was a deceit to democracy and stressed unity among the democratic forces to scrap the seven-point agreement.
He further said that public pressure was increasing to accomplish the task of constitution drafting by May 28 deadline and added that if the constitution was promulgated without completing the peace process, it would not last long.
He said that until the cantoned Maoist combatants submitted their weapons to the government, they would continue to receive money from the government and run the violent activities by showing the same weapons.
He said that the Maoists’ demand for forming a new army integration committee was a ploy. "They did not implement the previous agreements related to army integration and they are now demanding new committee for the same purpose," he said.
He said that the duty of the parties was to fulfill the responsibility handed to leaders late Girija Prasad Koirala to take the peace process to a logical conclusion and draft a democratic constitution. He further said that NC would move ahead aggressively rather than being defensive by revealing the Maoists involvement in corruption, conspiracies deceit tactics.
Meanwhile NC leader Arjun Narasingh KC said in Biratnagar that constitution drafting process should be moved ahead by concluding the peace process.
He said that the peace process could not be concluded until a particular party possessed weapons.
Leader Shekhar Koirala said that the constitution promulgated without concluding the peace process would be meaningless. Talking to media persons at Koirala Niwas in Biratnagar, he said absence of late Girija Prasad Koirala was felt.
Earlier, in Inaruwa KC had hinted that Nepali Congress might join the present government if the latter was ready to make agreement in package.
Talking to journalists in Inaruwa, he said that NC would discuss about joining the government if such agreements were made in a package.
He however accused the Maoists of moving ahead with the intention of capturing the state power.
"Nepali Congress is ready to openly discuss about joining the present government if agreements were made in package regarding the management of the Maoist combatants and their weapons, dissolution of the YCL’s barracked structure and the return of the seized properties," he said.
He further said that NC did not intend to isolate the Maoists.
In another context, he stressed the need of a balance in Nepali Congress.
"I will withdraw my claim for the post of general secretary if the party leadership maintains
unity and balance in the party," he said.
In Udayapur, Dr. Prakash Sharan Mahat said his party could join the government if the seven-point agreement signed between the UCPN-Maoist and CPN-UML was scrapped.
He said, "NC will join the government if the parties have a clear view on constitution and peace process."