NC to agitate if Maoists fail to vacate cantonments: Deuba

Last Updated: Monday, April 18, 2011 - 21:19

Kathmandu: A key leader of the of the main
opposition party in Nepal on Monday threatened to launch a stir
if the Maoists fail to vacate the cantonments housing the
former rebels and opposed the promulgation of the constitution
before the guerrillas are integrated into the security forces.

Former prime minister and senior Nepali Congress (NC)
leader Sher Bahadur Deuba said that the party "may opt for
launching nationwide protests if the Maoist cantonments are
not vacated at the earliest".

Deuba said that his party is against the promulgation of
the constitution by keeping the Maoist soldiers in
cantonments.

"The constitution should not be announced in rush by
keeping the Maoist combatants in cantonments," Deuba said at a
programme organised in Dailekh district in West Nepal.

"Let`s finalise the issue of combatants first and
then we can go for the constitution."

The NC leader said that all the leaders should be
serious about completing the peace process and drafting the
constitution.

He asked all the parties to work together for the
common agenda of the people by rising above their vested
interests.

Central member of Kishor Singh Rathore said that his
party should take the government leadership to conclude the
peace and constitution drafting processes.

Meanwhile, UCPN (Maoist) Vice Chairman Baburam
Bhattarai has said that drafting of a new constitution is
impossible without a national government.

Speaking at a function in the capital today
Bhattarai stressed on the need for a national consensus
government under the leadership of the Maoists with the
inclusion of the major political parties including the Nepali
Congress (NC), the Madhesh-based parties and the CPN-UML.

PTI




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