Maoists accuse govt of betrayal; NC asks them to show sincerity

Maoists accuse govt of betrayal; NC asks them to show sincerity Kathmandu: Amid a row over Premier Madhav Kumar Nepal's resignation, Maoists have accused the government of betrayal, claiming it had breached a pledge to remove him, even as a top party in the ruling coalition asked the former rebels to fulfil their commitment towards the peace process.

In a statement issued at the end of a key meeting of its Standing Committee, the UCPN-Maoist alleged that the Nepali Congress-CPN-UML alliance had breached the verbal commitment made to the former rebels to remove the Prime Minister so as to pave the way for a national consensus government.

Though Nepal had agreed to step down to secure the support of Maoists -- who have nearly 40 per cent seats in the Parliament -- to extend by one year the Constituent Assembly's term that was to expire on May 28, the ruling alliance said there was no timeframe for the Prime Minister to quit

The ruling coalition had "betrayed" the country and the people by "misinterpreting" the three-point agreement reached with Maoists on May 28, the statement by the former rebels said last night.

The Maoists also threatened to launch a new anti-government agitation, claiming that the ruling alliance had assured them that Nepal would resign by Wednesday last.

In response to the Maoists' statement, Nepali Congress (NC) General Secretary Bimalendra Nidhi said today that the Maoists should show sincerity by fulfilling their commitments relating to peace process and Constitution-drafting before seeking the Premier's resignation.

"It is the Maoists who have betrayed us and not the other way round," Nidhi said, dismissing the former rebels' claim that the ruling alliance had assured them that Premier Madhav Kumar Nepal would resign soon after the extension of the Constituent Assembly's term.

Maoists have breached past agreements and understandings a number of times and have not shown sincerity to the Constitution-making and peace processes, he said to a news agency after a high-level meeting between Nepali Congress and CPN-UML at the Prime Minister's residence.

The former rebels should first agree to a timetable and modalities to complete the peace process, including rehabilitation of their combatants and their integration with army, and drafting of the Constitution before asking the Prime Minister to resign, he said.

Nidhi said the Prime Minister is ready to tender his resignation provided the Maoists agree on a time-bound plan to return properties seized by them during insurgency, dissolve their paramilitary structure called Young Communist League and manage their combatants.