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Maoists to withdraw strike if Prime Minister quits: Prachanda

Last Updated: Wednesday, April 28, 2010 - 23:10

Kathmandu: Maoists chief Prachanda on Wednesday
said he would call off the May 1 agitation only if Prime
Minister Madhav Kumar Nepal resigns to pave way for the
national unity government.

Accusing the 22-party ruling alliance of sticking to
the power, Nepal Maoists leader Prachanda today said his party
will call off the agitation if Prime Minister Nepal steps down
and all parties reach a consensus on all the key issues by
April 30.

In a televised debate organised in the capital,
Prachanda said: "We request all parties to reach a consensus
on all the key issues and the government to make way for such
agreement by April 30 so that we can call off our
demonstration and indefinite strike."

Unified CPM-Maoist chairman Prachanda said his party
is willing to create a consensus but the government should
also open the door for reaching consensus.

He said the ruling alliance is unwilling to conclude
the peace process and draft the Constitution.

He assured that the Maoists` agitation will be

However, CPN-UML president Jhalanath Khanal said he
can ask the Prime Minister, belonging to his party, to quit if
the Maoists withdraw the agitation and agrees to find a
solution by building a consensus.

"We are ready to step down from government and make
way for a national unity government if a package deal
addressing all issues is reached and the Maoists call off
their strike," said CPN (UML) chief Jhalanath Khanal.

"UML is ready to give up power to form a national
unity government provided there is a package deal and the
Maoists call off their strike," Khanal said.

Nepali Congress acting President Shushil Koirala
called the Maoists to withdraw the agitation to forge a
consensus among political parties to end the deadlock.

"There is a crisis of confidence and the Maoists being
the largest party has responsibility to create conducive
atmosphere by withdrawing the strike," Koirala said.

Meanwhile, president of Federation of Nepalese Chamber
of Commerce and Industries (FNCCI) Kush Kumar Joshi asked all
three major parties to forge consensus to end the deadlock and
create a conducive atmosphere so that the country`s ailing
economy may be revived.


First Published: Wednesday, April 28, 2010 - 23:10

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