Kathmandu: Nepal`s opposition CPN-UML leader
Jhalanath Khanal on Saturday blamed the Maoists for the crisis in
the country, saying despite its numbers the ruling party did
not have the capability to lead and its fickle attitude was
derailing the peace process.
The former prime minister demanded Prime Minister Baburam Bhattarai`s resignation and said "the present government has
impeded the ongoing peace and constitution writing processes".
Inaugurating a programme of intellectuals affiliated to
the UML here, Khanal warned that "the country would plunge
into serious crisis if peace and constitution writing
processes were not completed in time.
"The UCPN-Maoist, despite being the largest party in the
Constituent Assembly, does not have ability to lead the
country," he charged.
He said his party was making efforts for forging a
national consensus, but the Maoists` attitude would see no
movement on the process.
"For UML, forging consensus with the Maoist has been like
hugging with bear. Neither can we join hands nor do we remain
farther from the Maoists," he said in sarcastic remarks about
the relationship between the two largest communist parties.
Khanal slammed the Maoists for not showing seriousness
towards institutionalising the achievements of the people`s
"The Maoist leaders were frequently changing their
positions on peace and revolt," he said.
The UML chief also slammed the Madhesi parties and the
Nepali Congress, saying while the former Madhesi were too much
confined to regional politics, the latter had failed to come
to terms with the latest political changes.