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BJP opposes review of 1950 Indo-Nepal Treaty

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V.K. Malhotra
V.K. Malhotra

Special Correspondent

Efforts should be made to bring Nepal closer, says V.K. Malhotra

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    NEW DELHI: The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) on Sunday opposed review of the 1950 Indo-Nepal Treaty as suggested by the Communist Party of Nepal (Maoist) chairman Prachanda.

    Instead, efforts should be made to bring Nepal closer to India, BJP leader V.K. Malhotra told reporters here.

    He was reacting to a statement by Mr. Prachanda in New Delhi that Nepal's foreign policy so far was under the influence of the monarchy, and all treaties signed by the monarchical government with foreign countries, including the 1950 Indo-Nepal Treaty, needed to be reviewed.

    Interference

    "Mr. Prachanda should also not have said that Maoists in India find their own way because their activities are affecting India as arms and funds are being supplied to them. It amounts to interfering in the internal matters of our country," Mr. Malhotra said.

    The National Democratic Alliance (NDA) will on Monday finalise its strategy for the coming session of Parliament.

    Adjournment motion

    It intends to bring an adjournment motion on internal security, infiltration and the Chinese claim on Arunachal Pradesh.

    High inflation and the sharp increase in the prices of essential commodities between the two sessions will also be brought up, Mr. Malhotra said.

    Among the other issues to be taken up are the Special Economic Zones, corruption and conversion.

    "On reservation for Dalits who have adopted Islam or Christianity, the BJP has some difference of opinion with its allies, because it is totally opposed reservation for converts as it would reduce the share of quota meant for the Scheduled Castes and the Scheduled Tribes," he explained.

    However, the issue that will dominate Parliament on the session's first day on Wednesday would be the Government's soft approach towards the delay in the hanging of Afzal Guru, who was found guilty in the Parliament House attack case.

    "We believe that since elections are scheduled in some States early next year, the UPA Government is adopted a soft approach towards him as part of Muslim appeasement. And, to divert attention, it is bringing in the Sachar Committee report and even talking in terms of religion-based reservation," he said.

    The highlight on Wednesday would be a protest rally where thousands of activists are expected to participate.

    It will be addressed by the former Prime Minister, Atal Bihari Vajpayee, the former Deputy Prime Minister, L.K. Advani, and BJP president Rajnath Singh, among others.


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