`Foreign forces` plotting to prevent stability: Prachanda

Nepal Maoist chief blamed "foreign forces" for the political instability.

Kathmandu: Nepal Maoist chief Prachanda on Saturday blamed "foreign forces" for the political instability in
the country and for preventing the cabinet expansion of the
present Jhalanath Khal led government.

Prachanda said various forces were plotting to prevent
an understanding against the expansion of the Council of
Ministers under the current CPN-UML led government.

Speaking at a function in the capital, Prachanda
however said that his party was constantly endeavouring to
reach an understanding over the distribution of cabinet posts
at the earliest though the Maoists would not join the
government unless given the portfolio of Home Ministry.
Prachanda claimed that "foreign forces" were
conspiring to prevent political stability in the nation, and
this was keeping the current government from attaining a full

He, however, did not elaborate on what he meant by
foreign forces.
Prime Minister Khanal meanwhile claimed that the new
Council of Ministers will soon get full shape.

Speaking at a programme organised in Lalitpur district
in eastern Kathmandu today, Khanal said the four-member
cabinet will be expanded soon as progress has been made in
holding talks with the Maoists and other parties for the

"The main responsibility of the present government is
to conclude the peace and the statute drafting process," he
pointed out.

A timetable on how to conclude the peace process will
be made public soon and efforts will be made to settle the
disputed issues by mid-March, he added.

May 28 is the deadline to draft the new constitution.

Khanal was elected prime minister by the parliament
after the Maoists voted in his favour but the two parties have
failed to arrive at an understanding on cabinet formation.

Meanwhile, Rastriya Prajatantra Party (RPP) president
Pashupati Shumsher Rana said at a separate programme that the
7-point agreement forged between Prime Minister Khanal and
Maoist chief Prachanda is against democratic principles.

Rana said that agreement on the formation of a
separate force for People`s Liberation Army (PLA) within the
national army and rotating the chair of prime minister is
condemnable, and would take a toll on peace and statute

He accused three major political parties of indulging
in power centre politics instead of building national
consensus to resolve the political crisis.