Nepal: CPN-UML`s neutrality helping ex-monarch, says minister

Bidya Devi blames her own party for strengthening pro-monarchist forces.

Updated: Sep 11, 2010, 10:51 AM IST

Kathmandu: Nepal`s Defence Minister on Friday blamed CPN-UML party`s "neutrality" for the failure of Parliament to elect a new leader in seven rounds of voting, as she warned that it had emboldened the dethroned monarch to intensify his public activities in the country.

CPN-UML leader Bidya Devi Bhandari blamed her own party for strengthening pro-monarchist forces in the country. She said that it was due to the policy adopted by her own party CPN-UML that the ousted king has been emboldened and intensified his activities in the name of social works.

The former royalists are taking advantage of the fluid political situation created due to the Parliament’s failure to elect a new prime minister, Bhandari, who is also the vice president of the party, told reporters in tourist city of Pokhara in western Nepal.

She also called on her party to vote in favour of Nepali Congress candidate Ram Chandra Poudyal in the Prime Ministerial run-off.

The UML should vote for Poudyal as the Maoists were not sincere in implementing the past agreements including the Comprehensive Peace Accord, she pointed out.

"Former king Gyanendra and his son Paras have intensified their activities under the pretext of social work. Therefore UML should end its neutrality and help elect a prime minister," she said.

The UML should support democratic force in order to strengthen democracy in the country, she underlined.

PTI