Tuesday, December 29, 2009

Nepal Maoists find unexpected ally in BJP leader Koshiyari - The Times of India

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    • Nepal’s former Maoist guerrillas have found an unexpected ally in a party that once criticised its effort to abolish the world’s only
    • Hindu monarchy and transform Nepal into a secular republic. Bhagat Singh Koshiyari, former BJP chief minister of Uttarakhand and an RSS ideologue, has assured Maoist supremo Pushpa Kamal Dahal Prachanda that he would convey to India’s external affairs ministry the furore created by Indian Army chief Gen Deepak Kapoor’s reported statement about Nepal’s army and would seek a clarification from the Manmohan Singh government.

      The 67-year-old Kumaoni politician, who became Uttarakhand’s chief minister in 2001 but was forced to resign the following year after his party lost the state assembly election, Monday met Prachanda at the latter’s residence in Kathmandu as part of his interaction with Nepal’s politicians during his short Kathmandu visit.

      After the meeting, the Indian politician told journalists that he would raise before the MEA Gen Kapoor’s reported statement that Nepal’s army should not induct combatants from the Maoists’ People’s Liberation Army as it would lead to the politicisation of the state army.

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