Government’s failure to implement the three-point agreement riles Biplav

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Kathmandu: The government has riled General Secretary of the Communist Party of Nepal Netra Bikram Chand alias Biplav up as it fails to implement a three-point agreement inked with the party.

The government and the party on March 5 had signed a three-point peace deal that brought the underground outfit to peaceful politics. As per the agreement, the government had agreed to lift the ban imposed on the group, and release cadres and leaders and withdraw cases filed against them. However, the agreement has not been implemented fully yet.

Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli has been reluctant to speed up the process for release and withdrawal of cases. The foot-dragging by the Prime Minister has dissatisfied top-leader of the party including Biplav.

The government has yet to release more than 30 leaders and cadres including the party’s Secretariat Member Hemant Prakash Oli ‘Sudarshan’, central member Bharat Bam and Chudamani Oli, said a party’s central leader. The cases against an equal number of leaders and cadres have not been withdrawn.

In an interview with the BBC Nepali Service, Biplav had expressed dissatisfaction with the government blaming it for failing to abide by the agreement. He had accused the government of delaying the process unnaturally.

“We had agreed on three points with KP Oli. We are committed to following two points. The ban has been lifted. However, the process of releasing our leaders and cadres and withdrawing cases has been delayed unusually. We are not feeling comfortable and discussing the issue,” Biplav had said.

A central member of the party also said that Oli did not show the required promptness.

“We are in regular contact with the Prime Minister. Soon, we are leaving for Kathmandu to meet him. The Prime Minister has been assuring us required process is underway. The government has to abide by the agreement,” said a leader refusing to be named. “Failing to implement the deal will lead to another accident. In that case, the government will have to answer for itself.”

Biplav’s confidants seem afraid that Oli may betray them regarding the implementation of the agreement.