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Madhav seeks help to break deadlock

world Updated: May 13, 2009 23:06 IST
Nepal meets Prachanda

Seeking to break the political deadlock in Nepal, Communist leader and Prime Ministerial front-runner Madhav Kumar Nepal on Wednesday met Maoist chief Prachanda and sought cooperation from his party to hasten the formation of a new government under his leadership.

Former deputy Prime Minister Madhav Nepal, 56, has been projected as the Prime Ministerial candidate by the second largest communist party UML, which has the backing of 15 political parties, including Nepali Congress.

Prachanda and Nepal discussed the issue of government formation to end the current political impasse in the country, said Shanker Pokharel, central member of the CPN-UML.

As the Maoists blocked the Parliament proceedings for the fifth consecutive day on Wednesday, Nepal asked Prachanda to end the deadlock in the Constituent Assembly to pave way for the formation of a new government, he said.

In his response, Prachanda asked Nepal to support the Maoists in pressurising the president to withdraw his move to reinstate Army chief Rukmangad Katawal.

However, the talks between leaders of the two communist parties were "positive", Pokharel told PTI. The Maoists have indicated they need some time to resolve the issue, he said.

Meanwhile, a news report today said the ethnic Indian Madhesi parties with a crucial strength of 83 lawmakers in the 601 member Parliament, agreed "in principle" to support a coalition led by Nepal.