Friday, May 30, 2008

Prachanda derides parties for blocking Maoists' ascent to power

Maoist chairman Prachanda has derided the parties including Nepali Congress (NC) and Unified Marxist Leninist (UML) for what he called as their attempts to block Maoists ascent to power.

Prachanda asked the parties not to exhibit any more greed (for power). "They think that if Maoists come to power once, it will stick to it forever. But we have said that we are not like them," said Prachanda, addressing a public programme at Khula Manch. The programme is the first one held after the implementation of republic through the Constituent Assembly (CA).

Stating that the people have already given their mandate, he urged the parties to help the Maoists form the government. "But if they so desire, they can go ahead and form government on their own," he said.

He also chided the parties for proposing to make a president immediately. "Before the election they were not even uttering a word like president. But now they want to have a president. Earlier, they backed two-third provision (to form or unseat a government) but now they want to replace it with simple majority," he said.

Prachanda said he wants to make it clear to the parties that his party will never accept proposals that could land the country in the 'same old problem of horse-trading.'

"In an epoch-making transformation, we have become victorious, Nepali people have emerged victorious. Now we will fight to make a new Nepal," he said.

"Due to the foolishness of Gyanendra, republic has been established. If the NC and UML also continue demonstrating their foolishness, people's republic will be established," Prachanda said.

Addressing the same programme, senior Maoist leader Dr. Baburam Bhattarai urged the people to remain alert. "We have only won a battle. The war still remains to be won," he said

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