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Clamour for PM`s resignation grows in Nepal

Last Updated: Tuesday, May 11, 2010 - 18:57

Kathmandu: Raising the pitch against
Prime Minister Madhav Kumar Nepal, a group of 10 political
parties have come together under the umbrella of the Maoists
to join the clamour for his resignation.

A meeting of 10 parties represented in the Constituent
Assembly demanded Nepal`s resignation, which they said was
crucial to finding a way out of the political deadlock.

The Maoists, which had launched a major anti-
government agitation crippling the Nepalese capital last week,
have decided to form an alliance with political parties who
are "committed to national independence, secularism and a
federal democratic constitution".
"We will develop an alliance for the long run with a
common minimum programme of peace, constitution and other
vital issues of the nation," Maoist chief Prachanda told
reporters.

He said the joint meeting was a good beginning towards
forming an alliance.

The parties agreed that prime minister`s resignation
was their first condition to create an environment conducive
to national consensus and demanded that he step down "to pave
way for national consensus and a national unity government to
guarantee peace and constitution".

The Maoists, which have so far presented Prachanda as
their only candidate for prime minister`s post, also appeared
ready to show flexibility on the issue, hinting that they were
ready to consider alternative options under Maoist leadership.

The parties which met yesterday to discuss ways to end
the political impasse included the Madhesi Janadhikar Forum,
CPN (Unified), Nepal Sadbhawana party, Nepali Janata Dal,
Rastriya Mukti Party and Nepal Rastriya Party, among others,
besides the Maoist party.

In the meeting, the leaders also discussed an
alternative to Prachanda if the possibility of formation of a
new government under the Maoist leaders is seen, a Standing
Committee leader was quoted as saying by the Kathmandu Post.

The Federal Democratic National Forum, Chure Bhawar
Ekata Party and Dalit Janajati Party were also part of the
meeting.
Meanwhile, a defiant Prime Minister Nepal has started
consultation with political parties to extend the term of the
Constituent Assembly which is expiring on May 28.

Two years ago Nepal`s Constituent Assembly had agreed
to draft a new constitution within the time frame but the
parties have failed to write the document.

The Prime Minister today held consultation with Shyam
Sundar Gupta, President of the Nepal Sadbhavana Party
(Anandidevi).

During the meeting, Gupta underlined the need to forge
unity and collaboration among political parties to end the
deadlock and to draft the constitution.

The Prime Minister will continue meeting with leaders
of other political parties in this connection, according to
Prime Minister`s press advisor.

PTI

First Published: Tuesday, May 11, 2010 - 18:57

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