By Telegraph Nepal
The decision of the government led by formerly recognized as a nationalist political party, Unified Maoists, to handover the management of Tribhuwan International Airport to India’s Infrastructure Leasing & Financial Services Limited (IL&FS) has invited sharp criticisms from opposition parties mainly, the communists and the common people at large.
The Nepali Congress and Madhesi parties will not obviously deplore the decision for obvious reasons. This speaks of their inner intents perhaps.
The United Marxist Leninist, Nepal Communist Party-Marxist Leninist and Nepal Communist Party Marxist Leninist Socialist have termed the government decision as ‘anti-nationalist’.
The three parties issued separate statements, July 5, 2012.
The UML statement issued by party secretary Bishnu Prasad Poudel demands government to immediately make public the MoU (Memorandum of Understanding) reached with the Indian company.
“The government by undermining issues of national interest and security has decided to handover the management of the single international airport in the country to a foreign company”, the UML statement reads and adds further, “We deplore the decision of the caretaker government.”
Similarly, C.P. Mainali of Nepal Communist Party-ML, “The decision to allow a foreign company to manage a security sensitive area seriously undermines Nepal’s national sovereignty, territorial integrity and independence. Our party demands the government to immediately withdraw the decision”.
The NCP-ML (Socialist) terms the government decision as ‘anti-national’.
At least some parties have awaken.