Maoists trying to reinstate monarchy in Nepal: PM

Maoists had led decade-long armed struggle to bring down monarchy in Nepal.

Kathmandu: The Maoists, who led the decade-long armed struggle to bring down the 240-year-old monarchy in Nepal, are trying to reinstate the royalty, Prime Minister Madhav Kumar Nepal said on Saturday.

"It is a foul smell that the Maoists, who claimed themselves to be revolutionaries are trying to reinstate monarchy in the form of cultural King," Nepal said at a function in Kathmandu.

The Prime Minister`s remarks came two days after Kamal Thapa, president of royalist Rastriya Prajatantra Party-Nepal, had said UCPN-Maoist chairman Prachanda is positive about reinstating monarchy.

"Prachanda told me during a meeting that foreign intervention has intensified in the country after the abolition of monarchy," Thapa had said.

"He told me that he realised the need to restore monarchy to save the country from foreign intervention," Thapa had said without naming any country.

Besides, Nepal said the Maoists` intending to capture power by infiltrating their cadres into the national Army would not be possible.

"Such an integration tactics of the Maoists will never be acceptable," he said, adding that only management of the combatants is possible.

He said the Maoists did never cooperate with the government in the past when he tried to manage the Maoist combatants.

There are 19,000 Maoist combatants confined in the United Nations monitored camps across the country awaiting for integration and rehabilitation as per the Comprehensive Peace Accord.

The caretaker Prime Minister also urged both Maoist chairman Prachanda and Nepali Congress vice-president Ram Chandra Poudyal to withdraw their candidacy and try to resolve the crisis through building a national consensus.

Meanwhile, President Dr Ram Baran Yadav held consultations with senior leaders of various political parties to resolve the crisis as the Parliament had failed to elect a new prime minister even during the fifth round of election.

He asked political parties to forge consensus and resolve the current stalemate as it would not be good to lengthen transitional period any more without forming a legitimate government.

The meeting was attended by top leaders of the big three parties.


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