No secret deal with Maoists: Madhav Kumar

Last Updated: Tuesday, September 28, 2010 - 22:32

Kathmandu: Nepal Prime Minister Madhav
Kumar Nepal on Tuesday rubbished reports that his party CPN-UML had
reached a secret deal with the Maoists before Prachanda
stepped aside from the prime ministerial race.

At a meeting of the leaders of 10 ruling parties
today, the caretaker prime minister said there was no deal
with the Maoists, but only an understanding that Prachanda`s
withdrawal would facilitate formation of a consensus
government.

"There was no agreement signed between the Maoists and
the UML than to form a national consensus government after
Prachanda quits the race," the Prime Minister said.

The Prime Minister tried to clear the air over the
issue after leaders of the political parties sought a
clarification over recent media reports that the two parties
might have struck a secret deal on formation of a new
government.

Some of the parties also suggested that Nepali
Congress leader Ramchandra Poudyal withdraw his candidature
for prime minister`s post to pave way for forging a?broader
political consensus.

It is notable that Nepal`s political parties have
failed to elect a prime minister even after seven rounds of
voting. While Prachanda quit the race, Poudyal has stuck to
his position.

The Maoist chief, who met the Prime Minister yesterday
assured him that his party was committed to completing the
peace process and asked the government to expedite the process
of integration and rehabilitation of the Maoist combatants
into the Army.

During today`s meeting the leaders of the parties also
expressed concern that the delay in passing a annual budget
would leave the government short of funds, hindering
distribution of salaries and benefits to civil servants during
the upcoming festivals of Vijaya Dashami and Deepawali.

The delay on government formation has also delayed the
passing of the new budget.

They also advised the government to make alternative
arrangements to endorse the budget for the current fiscal year
by next month.

PTI




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