Allegations that Prime Minister Baburam Bhattarai has changed the party's stance towards India are wrong. The PM has improved relations with China, UN and other international powers and not just India. It's true that we are trying to establish better relations with our neighbour, but to blame the party split on Bhattarai's increasing closeness to India is complete nonsense. It's just a ploy to make him look bad.
Anti-government elements have been unnecessarily dragging the PM into controversies. The handing over of Tribhuwan International Airport's management to India, for example, is being blown out of proportion. The government was also talking with Chinese and Korean companies on TIA's management and the decision hasn't been finalised yet.
The government fully understands Nepal's security needs. But we cannot move ahead by closing ourselves to the outside world while doing nothing on our own. If we want economic development, we have to insure the safety of foreign investments.
The prime minister was also wrongfully criticised for signing the BIPPA (Bilateral Investment Promotion and Protection) agreement with India, but they have similar deals with 160 other countries. There is no point in saying BIPPA is against our national interest.
There is also no truth in stories about problems between Chairman Dahal and Prime Minister Bhattarai. They have differing views on some issues which they are trying to sort out. But in terms of the ideology, working style and the party's fundamental policies, they are still very close.