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Koirala slams Maoist leadership

world Updated: Sep 27, 2008 16:32 IST
Koirala slams Prachanda for undermining democracy in Nepal

Nepal's former Prime Minister Girija Prasad Koirala on Saturday accused the Maoist leadership of hatching a conspiracy to end parliamentary democracy in the country.

"Maoist leaders Prime Minister Pushpa Kamal Dahal and Mohan Vaidya have started hatching a conspiracy to end parliamentary democracy saying they have no faith in it," Koirala told a gathering in the capital.

"Prachanda has challenged the fundamentals of parliamentary democracy by saying that he does not believe in the traditional type of Parliamentary democracy," Koirala said, adding, "If that is the case, I accept the challenge and I am ready to fight against it to save the democracy," he told a gathering of Nepal Students Union, the student wing of Nepali Congress.

Koirala's remarks come at a time when Prime Minister Prachanda is trying to convince the world leaders that Maoists are committed to multi-party democracy and will respect human rights and democratic principles in the ongoing 63rd General Assembly of the United Nations.

Referring to Prachanda's remarks about a new socialist political system that comes through the fusion of communism and democracy, NC President said his party would never accept such a communist model of socialism that spares democratic rights.

"Prachanda pretends to be proletariat, calling parliamentary democracy as 'bourgeoise democracy', but at the same time he purchases a bed worth NRs 150,000 and enjoys luxurious life style," Koirala said.