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'Capture of power by Maoists will not be allowed'

Prime Minister Madhav Kumar Nepal has said that the government will not be a mute spectator if Maoists initiate moves to capture power, as the former rebels declared "autonomous states" to set up parallel authorities in the country.

world Updated: Jan 04, 2010 19:15 IST

Prime Minister Madhav Kumar Nepal has said that the government will not be a mute spectator if Maoists initiate moves to capture power, as the former rebels declared "autonomous states" to set up parallel authorities in the country.

"If they move towards that direction, will the state remain silent? No, the government has the responsibility of protecting state and its nationals," the Prime Minister said.

The Maoists have threatened to paralyse the country with an indefinite general strike from January 24 if the government failed to rectify the "unconstitutional" decision of President Ram Baran Yadav, who reinstated the then army chief Gen Rukmangad Katawal, dismissed by Prachanda in May last year.

The Maoists have threatened to capture power and declare the new Constitution from the streets if their demands were not met.

The Prime Minister said the Maoists are unilaterally declaring "federal autonomous states" while creating obstacles in the framing of the constitution.

He underlined the need for the integration and rehabilitation of the former Maoist combatants to conclude the peace process meaningfully.

I have been regularly calling the meeting of the Army Integration Special Committee but I have not received necessary support from the Maoists, he said in a statement sent to the first national conference of civil society in southern Nepal town of Birgunj.

Political tensions have put new stresses on Nepal's reconciliation efforts amid fears that the stalled peace process may be derailed.