Nepal Maoists seeking to `sabotage peace process`
Nepal Maoists emerged as the single largest party in 2008 Assembly polls.
Kathmandu: Nepal`s main opposition said
on Saturday that progress in the peace process was not possible
unless the Maoists agree to integrate its former guerrillas
with the security forces and return seized property during the
Senior Nepali Congress leader Bimalendra Nidhi,
accused the UCPN-Maoist, the largest party in the Constituent
Assembly and a key member of the ruling coalition, of seeking
to replace Prime Minister Jhala Nath Khanal.
Drafting a democratic constitution and concluding the
peace process was not possible unless the Maoists agree to
manage their combatants, return the seized property and
dismantle their paramilitary youth wing, Young Communist
League, he said at a function to mark the anniversary
of the 1990 `People`s Movement` in the capital.
Nidhi warned that there was a threat to democracy from
the Maoists, who do not want to manage their 19,000-strong
former guerrilla force which is confined to cantonments around
Political parties have been deadlocked over the demand
of the UCPN-Maoist for an en masse integration of its
guerrillas into the army. The political parties are also yet
to reach a consensus on the drafting of a new constitution to
be completed by May 28 deadline.
A "secret" pact between Prachanda and Khanal had
sparked a row in the country in February as it is reported to
include provisions such as sharing the Prime Ministerial post
between the communist leader and the Maoist supremo on
rotational basis and forming separate unit in the Nepal Army
for the integration of the former Maoist combatants with the
Nidhi alleged Prachanda was eying the post of Prime
Minister as per the "secret deal".
Meanwhile, Khanal today met President Ram Baran Yadav
and chairman of the Constituent Assembly Subhash Nemwang and
held talks on the political developments, including the ongoing peace process.
Nepal Maoists ended its decade-long civil war in 2006
and emerged as the single largest party in the 2008 Assembly