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CPI-M hails Nepal poll results

delhi Updated: Apr 16, 2008 23:21 IST

The CPI(M) on Wednesday said the Maoists' victory in the Nepal elections has re-established the "supremacy of democracy" over the gun and the polls would have a significant impact in South Asia.

Congratulating the Nepalese people, political leadership and the administration for the successful conduct of the landmark elections, senior party leader Sitaram Yechury said, "the Maoists gave up arms and participated in the competitive democratic politics. This re-establishes the supremacy of democracy as a prime political institution for social change as against the gun. We wish them well."

Asked whether Nepal polls would have an impact on the Maoists in India, he said, "We have been saying this since 1967 when the naxals broke away from CPI(M). We have been appealing to them that the path of the gun was not the path of social revolution in India. So join the democratic mainstream."

He said the polls would have a significant impact on the democratic processes in the South Asian countries.

"We are also happy that New Delhi has declared its intention to work in cooperation with the new government in Nepal," Yechury said.

Maintaining that the Communist Party of Nepal (Maoist) has become the single largest party, he said a clear picture of the final composition of the government in Kathmandu would emerge only after all votes were counted and proportional representation of parties finalised.

Yechury, who played a key role in bringing the Maoists into the Nepalese political mainstream said, "I have been personally charged with harbouring 'terrorists'. These accusations have been made by the BJP as this party and the US called the Nepal Maoists terrorists."