Interview with Baburam Bhattarai

Baburam Bhattarai is the coordinator of Naya Shakti Nepal. Former Prime Minister Bhattarai led the decade long armed conflict in Nepal along with current Prime Minister Pushpa Kamal Dahal.

As a way out of the political deadlock since the dissolution of the first Nepalese Constituent Assembly in May 2012, he was then replaced by Chief Justice Khil Raj Regmi to head an interim government that should hold elections by 21 June 2013. He was a senior Standing Committee Member and vice chairperson of Unified Communist Party of Nepal (Maoist) until his resignation from his post and all responsibilities from the party on 26 September 2015. He is now Coordinator of Naya Shakti a newly founded Party. He was elected to the Constituent Assembly from Gorkha in 2008 and became Finance Minister in the cabinet formed after the election.

The former Prime Minister has been accused of being an agent of India. In the interview with journalist Bijay Kumar, Bhattarai has denied accusation that he is an Indian agent. He has further lamented the claim that the armed conflict was supported by India. In the interview, Bhattarai has stressed on the need of redefining Nepal's relationship with India.

"I am of the opinion that we need to redefine our relationship with the southern neighbor. The Indian shouldn't neglect the sovereignty of Nepal and in return Nepal should address the security concerns of India," he said, "We should move ahead the campaign of development and prosperity based on the foundation."
He stressed his opinion as a new discourse in Nepali politics.