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.


First Published: Monday, April 18, 2011, 21:19

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