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CA members threaten to expose PM

July 6, 2009


KATHMANDU, July 6: A few Constituent Assembly (CA) members, who were
reprimanded by Prime Minister Madhav Kumar Nepal for meeting Tibetan
spiritual leader Dalai Lama in India, have threatened to reveal the details
of their conversation with the PM amid a press conference.

Six CA members led by Madhesi People´s Rights Forum (MPRF) leader BP Yadav
recently met the Dalai Lama in India. Rajkishor Yadav and Asha Kumari Sardar
of MPRF, Ishwardayal Mishra of the Tarai Madhes Democratic Party (TMDP),
Bishwendra Paswan of Dalit Janjati Party and Rukmini Chaudhary of the
Loktantrik Rastriya Munch were among those who met the Dalai Lama.

In a conversation with Paswan and Chaudhary, the Prime Minister had strongly
objected to their meeting with the Dalai Lama.

Nepal reportedly compared the Nobel laureate with Biren Shrestha (Pradhan),
the main accused in the brutal murder of Khyati Shrestha.

"You all have committed a serious crime. It´s a crime just like meeting and
shaking hands warmly with the main accused in Khyati´s murder (Biren
Shrestha)," CA member Raj Kumar Limbu, who was present in the meeting
between Paswan, Chaudhary and the PM.

According to Paswan, only a small portion of their conversation with the
prime minister has come out. "There are many things we want to make public.
We are planning a press meet within a day or two to expose the PM," he said.
Limbu echoed him.

Chinese Embassy in Kathmandu has strongly objected the CA members´ meeting
with the Dalai Lama, sources said. Senior Chinese diplomats contacted Prime
Minister Nepal himself over the matter. "Your visit has put the government
in trouble," Chaudhary quoted Nepal as saying.

Nepal had even told Paswan and Chaudhary they might have to face the Chinese
Ambassador in person and talk to him. But they flatly rejected to meet the
ambassador. "You are the country´s prime minister and you have to deal with
the diplomats. We won´t do it," the CA members told the prime minister,
according to Chaudhary. "If it is unavoidable, all six of us will meet any
diplomat only as a group, not in separate."

The CA members said they heard that a senior Chinese diplomat was also
present in the prime minister´s residence during their conversation but they
were unable to verify it.

When asked, prime minister´s foreign affairs advisor Rajan Bhattarai and
press advisor Bishnu Rijal, said they were unaware of the matter.

The foreign ministry said the reported meeting of the Dalai Lama by the CA
members had drawn the ministry´s attention.

"The government had no prior information about the visit and the government
strongly disapproves this as a politically incorrect act," Dr Madan Kumar
Bhattarai, spokesperson for the ministry, told

"Nepal firmly supports One China policy and considers Tibet as an
inalienable part of China. So we request any political party, organizations
or individual
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