Dahal likened to Lhendup Dorjee after proposing to hold referendum on border dispute with India
A senior leader of CPN-Maoist party has likened ruling UCPN (M) party chairman Pushpa Kamal Dahal to Lhendup Dorjee, who was the chief architect of Sikkim’s accession to the Indian Union and considered a traitor by Sikkim nationalists.
CP Gajurel, the vice chairman of the CPN-Maoist, said that by proposing to hold a referendum on the issue of Nepal’s protracted border dispute with India, Dahal is following in the footsteps of Dorjee with the sole aim of “Sikkimization of Nepal”.
The CPN-Maoist leader made this remark at an interaction programme organized by Reporters’ Club in the capital.
Reminding that Dorjee(who later became Sikkim’s first chief minister) and his supporters had proposed a similar referendum in Sikkim, which went on to work as a catalyst to the Himalayan kingdom’s blood-less accession to the Indian Union, Gajurel claimed that Dahal’s proposal to hold referendum on the border dispute with India is a prelude to his “frightening betrayal to the nation” .
He said that the issue of referendum on this issue at a time when Nepal’s sovereignty is in danger does not bode well for country.