Prachanda calls for 'final preparations' for people's revolt
Kathmandu: Maoists supremo Prachanda
on Sunday called on his cadres to make "final preparations" for a
people's revolt amid a power struggle to take control of key
ministry of Nepal's new communist government.
Prachanda, the chairman of Unified CPN (Maoist),
called upon all factory workers affiliated to the Maoist party
to make "final preparations" for launching the people's
He said all factories, industries and hotels across
the country will be turned into barracks to ensure the success
of the people's revolt the party is planning to launch.
Those who believe that the Maoists will not wage any
people's revolt and think that it is just a bluff will soon
get a rude shock, he warned.
Addressing a national conference of a workers
organisation affiliated to Maoists, All Nepal Trade Union
Federation (Revolutionary), on the outskirts of the capital, he
said the Maoists will not tolerate any attempt to sabotage the
peace process and drafting of the new constitution as also to
bring about a radical transformation in the country.
Prime Minister Jhala Nath Khanal, who was elected by
lawmakers after more than seven months of stalemate and 17
attempts on February 3rd, has been unable to complete his
cabinet formation, amid disagreement over a power-sharing deal
with the Maoists, with whose support he won the election.
The two main allies, CPN-UML and the Maoists, have
failed to arrive at an understanding over the distribution of
key portfolios. UCPN-Maoist, the largest party in the House is
demanding important portfolios, including the home ministry.
Pradip Gyawali, a top leader of the ruling CPN-UML, on Sunday
made it clear that no ministries related to security can
be allocated to the Maoists at present as the latter was still
in possession of weapons and had control over its former
Interacting with journalists in Gulmi district of
western Nepal, Gyawali said the Maoists threat to revolt if
they did not get the Home Ministry is meaningless. He said
peoples revolt as claimed by the former rebels is not
possible in the present context.
Gyawali said there were some procedural mistakes
while signing the seven-point agreement between Khanal and
Prachanda on the eve of prime ministerial elections.
The mistakes, he said, can yet be corrected and the
parties can move forward.
The Maoists have been pressing for the implementation
of the seven point deal, which reportedly includes provisions
like sharing the Prime Ministerial post between Khanal and
Prachanda on rotational basis and forming separate unit in
Nepal Army after the integration of the former Maoist
combatants with the military.
The Maoists have threatened to withdraw support to the
Khanal-led government in case their demand is not fulfilled,
which is causing delay in expansion of the cabinet.