KATHMANDU, May 4: Taking strong exception to Thursday´s five-point deal, the rebel faction of the Maoist party led by Senior Vice Chairman Mohan Baidya has demanded its nullification saying it will further complicate constitution writing process.
Baidya faction has accused the top leaders of the major parties of signing the agreement in the "interest of external forces". It also said latest deal was based on the four-point deal between the Maoist party and the Madhesi parties of August and the seven-point deal of November which they had opposed from the beginning.
“There is no doubt that the agreement has been reached in the interest and involvement of external forces who are against the national sovereignty and wants divide and rule in Nepal", the faction said in a statement issued jointly by Baidya and General Secretary Ram Bahadur Thapa.
A meeting of the rebel faction leaders had discussed the five-point deal reached on Thursday midnight among major political parties before issuing the statement.
The faction has further concluded that the agreement is "against the national consensus" and that chances of drafting "people´s constitution" and concluding the peace process had become slim following the agreement. The Baidya faction also decided not to participate in the government.
“We appeal to all people, pro-people forces and nationalists forces to form new consensus to facilitate the constitution drafting process by immediately dismissing the agreement,” the faction said in the statement.
It further argued that the present government formed under the Article 38 (2) of the Interim Constitution cannot be a government of political understanding and if a consensus government were to be formed, it should be formed under the Article 38 (1).
The Article 38 (2) relates to forming a majority government while the Article 38 (1) is about forming consensus government.
“The deal itself seems contradictory and ridiculous as it has excluded nationalists and revolutionaries yet promises to form a national consensus government," the faction argued in the statement.