As UCPN (Maoist) tries to woo CPN-UML and Madhesi parties to get Prachanda elected as Prime Minister, a Maoist leader has blamed India for preventing these parties from supporting its nominee.
Unified Communist Party of Nepal (Maoist) Secretary CP Gajurel has alleged that India has "tied hands and feet" of CPN-UML and Madhesi parties from supporting Prachanda, who has failed to secure a simple majority even after four rounds of polling in a House of 601 members.
Fifth round of voting was deferred to August 23, which was earlier scheduled for Wednesday, as parties wanted more time to make the two front-runners, Prachanda and Nepali Congess' RC Poudyal stand down.
The political imbroglio over election of Prime Minister is continuing for over seven weeks since government led by Madhav Kumar Nepal collapsed.
Gajurel claimed that New Delhi is openly interfering in Nepalese internal affairs as CPN-UML and Madhesi parties are awaiting its "green signal" to reveal their cards and warned his party will intensify anti-India movement.
Hectic consultations are under way among major political parties, with the Nepali Congress and UCPN-Maoist trying to woo the CPN-UML and the Madhesi parties.
Meanwhile, Nepali Congress spokesman Arjun Narsingh Khatrichhetri said the party will not withdraw its candidacy in the Prime Ministerial election unless others agree on agenda for consensus.
He asked the Maoists to be sincere in implementing past agreements related to the peace process.