Nepal Maoists firm on demand for PM`s resignation
Last Updated: Thursday, May 27, 2010, 21:23
  
Kathmandu: Amid deepening political crisis in Nepal, opposition Maoists on Thursday stuck to their demand for Premier Madhav Kumar Nepal's resignation, saying they would not back extension of the tenure of the Constituent Assembly tasked with drafting a new Constitution till he steps down.

A day before the expiry of the 601-member Assembly's term, the single largest party with 229 parliamentary seats said it would not endorse the bill for the extension of the House's tenure unless its demand is met.

"Our party has decided that unless the Prime Minister tenders his resignation we cannot support the bill to extend the tenure of the Constituent Assembly," Maoist spokesman Dinanath Sharma said after his party's crucial Standing Committee meeting.

Prime Minister Nepal, however, ruled out his resignation, saying there should not be any condition for the extension of the term of the Constituent Assembly.

"We cannot endorse the bill to extend the Constituent Assembly's term in the status quo," Sharma said.

He said the Maoist Standing Committee has decided that unless it is guaranteed that a new Constitution would be drafted and the peace process complete, the party cannot endorse the extension of the term of the Constituent Assembly.

Unless the Prime Minister resigns, there is no guarantee that the new Constitution would be promulgated and the peace process would move ahead, he said.

The 22-party ruling alliance does not seem to be serious about extending the term of the Constituent Assembly, he said.

Sharma claimed that the government also did not present itself seriously during its recent talks with the Maoists on resolving the political crisis.

He, however, said the Maoists would not back track from the peace process even if the Constituent Assembly is dissolved.

President Ram Baran Yadav, who met Maoist chief Prachanda, Nepali Congress leader Shushil Koirala and CPN-UML's Jhala Nath Khanal this morning, asked the top parties to forge consensus on the continuation of the Constituent Assembly, warning that a failure to do so would plunge Nepal into a "bigger political crisis".

PTI


First Published: Thursday, May 27, 2010, 21:23


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