'Maoists seek to dislodge Nepal govt'

Kathmandu: Nepal Maoists, who have announced a fresh protest against the government from next month, aim to dislodge the 22-party coalition, a top leader of the former rebels said on Sunday.

The UCPN-Maoist have threatened to begin a stir from November 1 if the government failed to find a consensus to discuss in Parliament President Ram Baran Yadav's controversial decision in May to reinstate Army Chief General Rukmangad Katawal, who has now retired.

Our movement will not stop simply by the president's apology for his unconstitutional act of reinstating the army chief and allowing a debate on his move in the Parliament, said Mohan Vaidya 'Kiran', a top hardline Maoist leader.

Now we want the Madhav Kumar Nepal government to quit power, paving the way for formation of a Maoist-led national consensus government, Vaidya told reporters here today.

The senior Maoist leader also reiterated the party's view of alleged Indian hand in dislodging the Prachanda-led government on May 4.

We don't want any foreign involvement in our affairs as we believe that our domestic matters should be resolved by ourselves, said Vaidya, who recently returned from a visit to China along with Party supremo Prachanda.

Bureau Report