Nepal Maoists preparing for revolt: PM

Nepal’s PM Madhav accused the Maoists of "preparing for a revolt" as the UN agency monitoring the peace process since 2007 prepares to pull out from the country.

Last Updated: Jan 08, 2011, 21:21 PM IST

Kathmandu: Nepal’s Prime Minister Madhav today accused the Maoists of "preparing for a revolt" as the
UN agency monitoring the peace process since 2007 prepares to
pull out from the country, amid the political deadlock over
the formation of a new government.

Prime Minister Nepal, who is leading a caretaker
government, said that the main opposition UCPN-Maoist is
"preparing for a revolt" and derail democracy in the country.

The Maoists are trying to establish "authoritarian
(system) of proletarian class" and trap democracy, he was
quoted as saying by Rastriya Samachar Samiti (RSS), the
state-run news agency reported today.

The recently concluded central committee meeting of
the United Communist Party of Nepal-Maoist (UCPN-Maoist), the
single largest party, had endorsed a political document
calling for "people`s revolt" to establish "people`s rule".

Days ahead of the exit of the UN agency which has been
monitoring Nepal`s peace process since 2007, UNMIN chief Karin
Landgren warned that there was a real risk to the
reconciliation effort, amid fears of a new Maoists` revolt in
the country.

She cited fears among many Nepalese about the prospect
of a people`s revolt, which remained an explicit Maoist
threat. There were also fears of President Ram Baran Yadav
stepping in, as recently called for by the Vice-President,
should the parties fail to find a way forward, or of an
army-backed coup, she told the UNSC.

Landgren`s comment has sparked a row in Nepal, with
the government describing her comments as "wild".

Criticising the comments of the UN special envoy, the
prime minister said fears of President`s take over and the
army`s coup in Nepal doesn`t hold any meaning.

The Nepal Army is under the government and is
committed to the constitution and democracy, thus the question
of coup doesn`t arise, he was quoted as saying by The
Himalayan Times online in the northwestern tourist town of
Pokhara.

He also ruled out any association with a Maoist-led
government, saying it is unthinkable unless the former rebels
do not surrender their weapons and integrate themselves with
the security forces.

More than six months after the 22-party coalition led
by Prime Minister Nepal collapsed, 16 rounds of Parliament
vote has failed to elect a new leader.

PTI