New Delhi, June 2 : Senior Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader and former Foreign Minister, Jaswant Singh, today said that coming of Nepal's Maoist to power in the country is not in India's interest.
Nepal's Maoist emerged as a single largest party in the election in April aimed at cementing a peace deal that ended a decade-long civil war. The newly elected Constituent Assembly dominated by Maoists abolished 239-year old Hindu monarchy in the Himalayan Kingdom.
Addressing a news conference at the conclusion of the party's two-day National Executive, Singh said the Maoists have not fulfilled the parameters set by United Nation observers.
"Today Nepal's coming under communist rule is not in any way in the interest of India, this should be accepted. Secondly, we have made it very clear that the parameters set by the UN observers, such as all weapons to be surrendered, there should be peace, there should be security, have not been followed," Singh said.
Describing Bangladesh as a new epicentre of terrorism, Singh said that the matter was of grave concern for India.
"Bangladesh today has become what Pakistan was several years back, the epicentre of terrorism. It is also a matter of great concern for India," he added.
Singh said his party favoured peace with neighbours, especially with Pakistan and China.
"We want a Pakistan that is progressive, there must be peace. There is no alternative to peace between India and Pakistan or India and China. India cannot continue to be surrounded by a neighbourhood which is so disturbed," Singh said.