`Foreign forces` plotting to prevent stability: Prachanda
Last Updated: Saturday, February 26, 2011, 22:35
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 form.

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 expansion.

"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 drafting.

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


First Published: Saturday, February 26, 2011, 22:35

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