Prachanda warns of grave consequences if no consensus forged
Last Updated: Saturday, April 17, 2010, 19:26
Kathmandu: Nepal Maoists leader Prachanda Saturday warned that the country will have to face grave consequences if consensus is not forged at the earliest to resolve the current political deadlock.

Speaking at a function organised by pro-Maoist university teachers' union in Lalitpur near the capital the Unified CPN-Maoist supremo said, "The nation will face grave consequences if there is a delay in forging consensus as the context the peace process has reached a critical phase."

Stressing that the formation of a national unity government is essential for consensus, Prachanda said: "Despite the extension of CA tenure, the new statute cannot be promulgated unless a national unity government is formed," he pointed out.

He also alleged that the government was backing regressive force and warned that the nation would plunge into a grave crisis if the Madav Kumar Nepal-led government continues to rule the country further.

The Maoists are demanding for dissolution of the current 22-party coalition government as the new Constitution is unlikely to be promulgated within the stipulated time frame of May 28, 2010.

Prachanda also rejected the government's proposal to integrate 3,000 Maoist combatants in the national army, saying "the PLA integration should take place as per the agreement between the government and UCPN-Maoist."

Any decision made by the government unilaterally will be unacceptable to the party, he said.

However, Deputy Prime Minister Sujata Koirala said that she was not in favour of changing the incumbent government.

The Nepali Congress was against anarchy at a time when there is necessity of new Constitution, she said.

She also asked the Unified CPN (Maoist) to dismantle the paramilitary structure of the Young Communist League, return the confiscated property to the rightful owners and stop the rampant deforestation done in the name of landless squatters.


First Published: Saturday, April 17, 2010, 19:26

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