Kathmandu, Dec 23: Reacting to Indian army chief Deepak Kapoor's opposition on merger between Maoists' People's Liberation Army with the Nepal Army, Unified Communist Party of Nepal (Maoist) Chairman Pushpa Kamal Dahal has alleged that India is meddling in its affairs.
"The statement of Indian army chief is linked to the sovereignty and independence of Nepal. Freedom of Nepal is directly related to the sovereignty of its people. We cannot establish the sovereignty of the people until we win the battle of national freedom, for which we are ready to talk to India," he said.
Indian Army chief Deepak Kapoor in his Nepal visit is said to have expressed displeasure on the merger between Maoists' People's Liberation Army with the Nepal Army, stating that it would lead to the politicization of the Nepal Army.
"Who has given the right to Indian army chief to direct Nepal to not recruit Maoists into Nepalese Army?" Prachanda asked.
Prachanda's outburst have drawn criticism from major parties with Nepali Congress vice president Ram Chandra Poudel calling it an expression of defeated mentality.