Kathmandu: Maoists supremo Prachanda on Saturday
demanded the resignation of the embattled Prime Minister as he
stepped up his anti-India rhetoric and asked neighbouring
countries not to interfere in Nepal`s internal affairs.
Adressing a rally of thousands of Maoist cadres, who
had assembled in the heart of the capital to mount fresh
pressure on Prime Minister Madhav Kumar Nepal to quit,
Prachanda said the agitation is our compulsion not a choice.
The political leaders are struggling to meet a May
28 deadline to finish the drafting of a new constitution as
stipulated by the peace process that brought the civil war to
an end in 2006.
The Maoists, who have around 40 percent of the seats
in parliament, want the government disbanded, followed by
the formation of a new coalition government led by them.
Prachanda pointed out that their movement was aimed at
dissolution of the present government and forming a new
Maoist-led coalition to rescue the peace process and draft a
He accused the government of not being serious in
drafting the constitution and establishing peace in the
Prachanda, who had last year blamed India`s "naked
interference" for the political crisis in Nepal, stepped up
his anti-India rhetoric. Earlier, he had also demanded the
scrapping of the 1950 Peace and Frienship Treaty and other
"unequal treaties" with India.
He asked Indian leaders not to commit the mistake by
lending support to the present government which is attempting
to crush the Maoists by force.
He said the Maoists want good relations with India on
the basis of a new dimension and new basis, but we want to
ensure our rights and freedom.
The Maoists had earlier accused India of encroaching
upon Nepalese territories, which has been refuted by New Delhi
as the two countries have held talks to end the border row.
"We can`t tolerate our land being encroached," he told
thousands of the Maoists supporters. "We want all the unequal
treaties to be scraped and protect our national independence,
Prachanda warned the government not to suppress the
movement with the backing of foreign powers. He asked
neighbouring countries not to interfere in Nepal`s internal
As the government put the security forces on high
alert, he called upon all nationalistic forces to join hands
for national independence and asked the army and police to
safeguard the country`s integrity.