CPN M protests Lipu-Lekh deal
The Netra Bikram Chand-led CPN Maoist organised a mass demonstration in the Capital on Monday to protest the Sino-Indian agreement to open a trade route through Lipu-Lekh, a disputed land between Nepal and India.
Addressing hundreds of party cadres at Ratnapark, Chand said the agreement undermines Nepal’s territorial integrity. He also expressed anger at silence maintained by Nepali Congress and CPN-UML on the matter.
Prior to the gathering, the party cadres and leaders had also taken out a rally from Bhrikutimandap to Shantibatika.
Chand also demanded that the 16-point agreement signed among four parties be scrapped and said his party is in favour of settling the contentious issues of the constitution writing process on the basis of consensus reached through an all-party political conference.
Meanwhile, a 33-party alliance led by CPN-Maoist has submitted a memorandum, expressing serious concerns over the Lipu-Lekh agreement, to the Chinese Embassy in Kathmandu. Issuing a press statement, the Mohan Baidya-led party said the deal is against Nepal’s territorial integrity and national independence.