`Nepal PM delaying peace process to remain in powe

The ex home minister also charged Bhattarai of trying to prolong his tenure by deliberately delaying the peace process.

Kathmandu: The opposition party CPN-UML on Tuesday
warned if the process of army integration, a major hurdle in
the peace process, was not started by mid-April in Nepal, his
party would topple the Maoist-led coalition government.

"We would topple the Maoist-led coalition government if
the army integration process doesn`t start by mid-April,"
senior leader of CPN-UML Bhim Rawal said while addressing an
interaction programme here.

Rawal, also a member of the Special Committee for army
integration, said that the Prime Minister Baburam Bhattarai do
not deserve to be at the helm of the government if he failed
to move ahead with the army integration process.

The former home minister also charged Bhattarai of trying
to prolong his tenure by deliberately delaying the peace
process. "He is delaying to conclude the peace process only to
extend his tenure."

Rawal said that the another major opposition party Nepali
Congress have similar views regarding the ongoing peace
process, and reiterated that it should be carried out on the
basis of the seven-point agreement reached among the
UCPN-Maoist and other major political parties.

However, senior Maoist leader Haribol Gajurel claimed that
there is unanimous views within the UCPN-Maoist regarding
conclusion of the peace process though there are internal

He also claimed that the 2006 peace process got a momentum
after Maoist vice-chairman Bhattarai became the prime minister
dismissing allegation that the Maoist party is obstructing the
peace process.

Earlier, Nepali Congress and CPN-UML have asked the ruling
Maoists to settle the controversial issue relating to
integration of the former Maoist guerrillas into the military,
which is a key component of the peace process, before drafting
a new constitution for the country.

The opposition leaders have warned that unless the Maoists
are prepared to dissociate themselves from the former
guerrillas, there is no possibility of drafting the
constitution within the May 27 deadline.

The special committee decided last week to handover 6,500
ex-PLA fighters, who have opted for integration, along with
their arms in the cantonments, to the national army by mid
April as part of the ongoing peace process.