Nepalese PM wants Maoists to end stir, join govt

Last Updated: Saturday, October 24, 2009 - 20:10

Kathmandu: Amid a Maoists threat of a stir, the Nepalese Prime Minister on Saturday asked the former rebels to help end the political deadlock over the President’s controversial decision to reinstate the former Army Chief in May.
Madhav Kumar Nepal asked the Unified CPN Maoist (UCPN-Maoist) to come to a political understanding by giving up its planned protest from November 1.

The former rebels have warned that it will launch a fresh agitation if the government failed to find a consensus to discuss in Parliament the President Ram Baran Yadav`s controversial decision to reinstate General Rukmangad Katawal in May.

The ultimatum by the Maoists if carried out could derail the fragile peace process. The Maoists have already been blocking the Parliament since Prachanda resigned as the
Prime Minister on May 4 after President Yadav reinstated the then Army Chief dismissed by the Maoists supremo.

I call upon the Maoists to come to a political dialogue by giving up the idea of launching protests, Nepal said.

Inviting the Maoists to join the 22-party coalition, he said street protests would not lead to any solution and that there is no alternative to a compromise to resolve the current deadlock.

The present coalition is ready to welcome the Maoists into the government," he said.

The Prime Minister blamed the Maoists for the current deadlock in the Parliament.

The current deadlock in the Parliament is solely because of the Maoists, Nepal said, asking them to act responsibly in this crucial phase of history.

He also warned that the country might brace for political confrontation if the current situation prevailed. The Prime Minister argued that the Maoists` were not going to make any political gain by indefinitely obstructing the Parliament and carrying out street protests.

The Maoists have blamed the President for undermining "civilian supremacy" in the country.

Describing President Yadav`s move to reinstate General Katawal as "unconstitutional and undemocratic", Prachanda had said he had fired the Army Chief to maintain "civilian supremacy" in the country.

The Maoists have demanded an apology from the President and sought to introduce a motion in the Parliament to discuss "civilian supremacy" in the country.

The blockade of the House has disrupted the passage of the country`s crucial budget for the current fiscal year. The Parliament must approve the budget by mid-November or face a likely shutdown of the administration, with the government unable to pay the salaries of its civil servants.

The political standoff has put new stresses on Nepal`s reconciliation efforts after the end of the decade-long insurgency in 2006, amid fears that the peace process may be derailed if the Maoists begin a fresh round of agitation from November.

Bureau Report

First Published: Saturday, October 24, 2009 - 20:10
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