No Maoist-led govt if ex-rebels` army not managed: CPN-UML

CPN-UML, the third largest party in Nepal which has remained neutral during the four rounds of polls for the post of Premier, has said it was not ready to back a Maoist-led government.

Last Updated: Aug 11, 2010, 20:53 PM IST

Kathmandu: CPN-UML, the third largest party
in Nepal which has remained neutral during the four rounds of
polls for the post of Premier, has said it was not ready to
back a Maoist-led government unless the former rebels manage
their combatants and weapons.

CPN-UML leader and Minister for Information and
Communication, Shanker Pokharel, said the country has become
paralysed after Prime Minister Madhav Kumar Nepal tendered his
resignation in June following intense Maoist pressure.

He accused Maoists of involvement in unethical politics
and influencing lawmakers during the Prime Ministerial polls
in Parliament in which their candidate was Prachanda.

Pokharel said his party would not back a Maoist-led
government unless they manage their combatants and weapons.

He said if the CPN-UML reaches an understanding with any
smaller group to form a new government, the party can accept
its leadership.

The CPN-UML has remained neutral during all four rounds
of polls held in Parliament so far to elect a new Prime
Minister.

Both Prachanda and his Nepali Congress rival Ramchandra
Poudyal were defeated in these elections. The next election is
slated for August 18.

CPN-Maoist is the single largest party with 238 seats in
the Constituent Assembly while Nepali Congress and CPN-UML
have 113 and 109 MPs respectively.

Pokharel said the current political crisis was a result
of Maoists` "political ego".

The stalemate would be resolved if Maoists abide by the
Comprehensive Peace Accord, he said.

The current caretaker government could not succeed in
mitigating disaster risks due to lack of mandate, Pokharel
said at an interaction programme organised by Friends Service
Council on Mitigation of Disaster Risks here yesterday.

PTI