Nepalese Congress denies secret deal with Maoists

Last Updated: Saturday, November 28, 2009 - 15:58

Kathmandu: Nepalese Congress on Saturday reaffirmed full support to the ruling coalition government in Nepal, amidst intense speculation that the party and Maoists had reached a secret deal to share power.
The party`s general secretary Bimalendra Nidhi ruled out the possibility of toppling the present coalition led by Madhav Nepal saying "Whatever might be the understanding in
Singapore, there is neither need nor possibility of removing President Ram Baran Yadav and Prime Minister Nepal at the moment."

His comments came as Nepalese press and electronic media beamed footage secretly shot of Maoist strongman Prachanda and Nepalese Congress president Girija Prasad Koirala in conversation where Prachanda offers the President`s post to Koirala if he supports the move to replace the present incumbent Ram Baran Yadav.

And in turn, Koirala assures to back the Maoists` return to power.

Nidhi said that the Nepalese Congress central working committee and the parliamentary party had expressed full support to the Madhav Nepal-led government.

Maoist standing committee member Krishna Bahadur Mahara also while not denying that a meeting had taken place in Singapore between the two leaders said no deal had been struck to topple the present government and change the President Ram Baran Yadav.

Mahara, who accompanied Prachanda to Singapore, told a press conference here that the two leaders had only agreed on setting up a high-level mechanism to resolve the ongoing political deadlock in Nepal.

However, reports in the media said the two leaders had reached a seven-point agreement for changing the power equation in the country.

The Maoists hinted at the possibility of resolving the current stalemate through political consensus if the government and parliamentary parties were ready for this.

A meeting of Maoist party office-bearers took place at Prachanda`s residence stressed efforts for further dialogue and consensus, according to Maoists` deputy leader in Parliament Narayah Kaji Shrestha.

The Maoists have launched an agitation for the past few months to press for their demand of upholding "civilian supremacy" and rectifying the president`s move to reinstate then army chief.


First Published: Saturday, November 28, 2009 - 15:58

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