Prachanda may discuss middle-path with Koirala in Singapore
Last Updated: Tuesday, November 17, 2009, 18:05
Kathmandu: Nepal is abuzz with speculation over Prachanda's sudden visit to Singapore, where he will meet an ailing G P Koirala, with a report saying the Maoist chief's meeting with the Nepali Congress President may be aimed at finding a "middle-path" to end the political impasse.

Though described as a personal trip, Prachanda's visit to Singapore comes at a crucial time, with the Maoists' deadline to the government for meeting their demands set to expire on November 19.

According to Prachanda's aides, his visit was aimed at attending pre-scheduled meetings with his party's supporters in the city state. Prachanda told newsmen yesterday that he would also meet Koirala, who is undergoing treatment there.

The 86-year-old, suffering from pneumonia and having low oxygen level in the blood, was taken to Singapore on Saturday.

The Maoists have locked horn with the government over President Ram Baran Yadav's move to reinstate the Army chief sacked by Prachanda and has served an ultimatum demanding restoration of "civilian supremacy" and for allowing a debate on the President's move in the Parliament.

Political observers argue that Prachanda might have gone to Singapore to seek Koirala's support for an alternative to the CPN-UML-led government.

The Rajdhani Daily said Prachanda and Koirala, whose parties are locked in a political struggle, might discuss finding a "middle-path" to end the current political deadlock.

Bureau Report

First Published: Tuesday, November 17, 2009, 18:05

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