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Bhattarai warns of 'dictatorship' in Nepal

world Updated: Sep 03, 2010 22:19 IST

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Nepal Maoists' deputy leader Baburam Bhattarai on Friday warned that the repeated failure to elect a new Prime Minister will lead to the establishment of "dictatorship" in the country, amid a conspiracy to dissolve the parliament.

Bhattarai, the Vice chairman of the Unified CPN-Maoist, said the country is heading towards a bigger catastrophe with the failure of Parliament to elect a Prime Minister for the fifth time on August 23.

He claimed that a new leader would not be elected even in the sixth round of election on Sunday in the present circumstances, warning that there is a danger of the emergence of another dictator in this situation.

"The repeated failure to elect a Prime Minister will lead to either military dictatorship or Presidential dictatorship," he said.

He said the country has been dragged into a historically most dangerous situation since the signing of the Sugauli Treaty between Nepal and British India government in 1816.

Speaking at function in his home district Gorkha, Bhattarai said that a conspiracy is being hatched to dissolve the Constituent Assembly and to scrap the republican system, federalism and secularism that was achieved through the people's movement 2006.

He offered to withdraw the Maoist party's candidate in the Prime Ministerial race if the Nepali Congress is ready to reciprocate.

Nepal's lawmakers have rejected Nepali Congress vice president Ramchandra Poudyal and his rival Maoist chief Prachanda in five rounds of vote since Prime Minister Madhav Kumar Nepal quit on June 30 amid intense pressure from the former rebels, plunging the country into a deep political crisis in the absence of a government.

CPN-Maoist, which ended its decade-long civil war in 2006, is the single largest party with 238 seats in the 601-member Constituent Assembly, while Nepali Congress has 114 members in the House whose two-year term was extended by one year on May 28.

The country has been in political limbo since the resignation of Nepal, who is currently heading a caretaker government.