Prachanda to lead counter front against anti-republic forces    

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Nepal wants Qatar to invest in a big way in Nepal water resources beginning with Budhi Gandaki project.

This was revealed by Prime Minister Pushpa Kamal Dahal ‘Prachanda’who is also Chairman of the Maoist Centre Party while briefing the central office bearers of the party at his official residence, Baluwatar, today.

Dahal said he would be discussing the issue conclusively during ‘my meeting with the Emir of Qatar who will be here next week’. However, informed sources said the Emir’s visit has been postponed for now as Qatar is busy negotiating for release of hostages by Hamas.

Prachanda said he would be inviting Qatar to invest more on Hydro sector beginning with Budhi Gandaki.

He also informed the central office bearers that the visit of U N Secretary General  Antonio Guterres was a positive sign for Nepal towards completing peace process and transitional justice.

In fact, what Prachanda did today was new as he had neither briefed about the agenda of Secretary General Guterrers visit to Nepal or that of Qatar with any other leaders.

When asked by some members of the committee about his meeting with recent meeting with K P Sharma Oli, Chairman of the Communist Party of
Nepal-Unified Marxist Lenist and the issues discussed, Prachanda told the meeting that Oli was angry with the government ‘for not being able to recognise the threat to the republic’.

Quoting Oli, Prachanda said the UML leader complained about the activities of Durga Prasai and a possible alliance between him and the monarchists.

Prachanda told the meeting that he had assured Oli that he would take the initiative to bring all the big leaders of the ruling and opposition to counter any threat to the ‘Republic’.

He further said that he would organise a huge rally in the capital on December 31 (Poush 15) in his support.

A senior leader of the Maoist Party revealed that Oli, in fact, had asked Prachanda to have Prasai arrested on criminal charges following later’s accusation recently that Oli had made ‘illegal investment’ in Cambodia. Prachanda however, did not bring this issue before the central office bearers meeting.

K P Sharma Oli and PM Dahal had a meeting on Saturday fueling speculation that chiefs of the two biggest left parties may try to bring the left forces together again.