The main opposition Unified CPN (Maoist) has announced indefinite nationwide general strike from May 2.
Organising a press conference in the capital on Monday, Maoist Chairman Prachanda aka Pushpa Kamal Dahal said that his party is organising the general strike for peace and constitution.
He also said that the party is announcing the general strike under compulsion as the government has clearly disregarded the Maoists' proposal to find a way out of the present crisis through consensus and cooperation.
Prachanda, however, said the party will be open for dialogue during the general strike to sort out the problems in a mutually amicable manner.
He also termed the remark made by Prime Minister Madhav Kumar Nepal - that the Maoist chairman can't be accepted as a prime minister - as a conspiracy against his party.
Prachanda said the Kathmandu-centric agitation programme the party is organising on May 1 will be peaceful, but warned that it could turn violent if the government intervenes in it.
The party is planning to bring in 400,000 Maoist cadres and supporters into the streets of Kathmandu to celebrate May 1.
Democracy and Class Struggle comment: what is not clear from the above story from Nepal News but clear in the Video above is that Prachanda says if no necessary agreements are made even until May 1st mass demonstration to guarantee the peace and constitution, our party has made a decision to call a nationwide political general strike from May 2nd 2010