Kathmandu: Nepal`s main Opposition Maoist
party on Thursday slammed the government for betraying the people,
amid a row over its demand that the embattled prime minister
step down as stipulated by a deal that paved the way for the
extension of parliament`s term last week.
The Nepali Congress-CPN-UML alliance has breached the
verbal commitment made by the major ruling parties to remove
the Prime Minister so as to pave the way for a national
consensus government, the UCPN-Maoist said after the end of a
key meeting of their Standing Committee today.
The Prime Minister Madhav Kumar Nepal had agreed to
step down to secure the support of United CPN-Maoist party,
which has nearly 40 percent of the seats in the Parliament, to
extend by one year the Constituent Assembly`s term that was to
expire on May 28.
The ruling coalition has betrayed the country and the
people by misinterpreting the three-point agreement reached on
May 28 between the Maoists and the Nepali Congress-UML
alliance, the Maoist party said in a statement today.
The NC-UML alliance has given a serious blow to the
agreement signed between the major parties while extending the
term of the Assembly, the party said, adding that it exposes
the ruling parties` move to isolate the Maoists.
Meanwhile, Deputy Prime Minister Bijaya Gachchhadar
said the Prime Minister is ready to quit if the Maoists
implement the past agreements.
Gachchhadar, who is the president of the Terai-based
Madhesi People?s Rights Forum (Democratic), flayed the Maoists
for not behaving like a responsible political party.
The Prime Minister would have already quit had there
been an agreement on key issues, he added.
I am also in favour of formation of a national
government after the implementation of the agreement reached
among the major political parties, Gachhadar said.
Meanwhile, Parliament`s Winter Session came to an end
today as Maoists disrupted the House, alleging that the
government has breached the May 28 agreement.
The Prime Minister`s party has said Nepal will not
step down immediately as there are other issues which needs to
be sorted out. The ruling alliance want the Maoists to
implement the 2006 Comprehensive Peace Agreement sincerely in
order to complete the peace process.
They want the settlement of issues related to
management, integration and rehabilitation of the former
Maoist PLA combatants, return of seized property by the former
rebels and the disbanding of the paramilitary structure of the
Young Communist League, its youth wing.