Saturday, January 9, 2010

Prachanda renews revolt call

Hours after agreeing join a high-level political mechanism, which is widely seen as a breakthrough in the efforts to find an outlet to the protracted political impasse, Maoist chairman Prachanda aka Pushpa Kamal Dahal warned that his party would launch 'people's revolt' if the country does not get a new constitution on time and the peace process gets derailed.

Addressing a programme organised by the local civil society in Biratnagar Friday afternoon, Dahal said Nepali people would take to the streets if a scenario, which might derail the peace process and scuttle the constitutional-making drive, is created in the country. He added that the parties should be careful not to invite such a scenario.

The Maoist strongman also raised objection to Prime Minister Madhav Kumar Nepal's statement on Thursday that the Maoists would face the fate of the Tamil Tigers of Sri Lanka if they continued to engage on violence and intimation.Speaking at the same programme, UML chairman Jhala Nath Khanal stressed the need for consensus among the parties to write new constitution and conclude the peace process.

Likewise, Nepali Congress vice-president and parliamentary leader Ram Chandra Poudel said peace process should be the main priority at the moment. Alluding to the recent statements of the Maoist leaders, Poudel maintained that the threat of power capturing and ethnicity-based federalism will not help the peace process.

At the programme the senior leaders of the major parties, who announced the high-level political mechanism from a meeting earlier today, gave their signatures to an appeal of the civil society to the political parties to write the new constitution on time.

Source: Nepal News

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