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Maoists reject Nepal PM’s call to ‘Prachanda for talks

world Updated: May 09, 2010 23:15 IST
Utpal Parashar
Utpal Parashar
Hindustan Times
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Opposition Maoists in Nepal who are agitating to remove the government on Sunday rejected an invitation by Prime Minister Madhav Kumar Nepal to resolve the ongoing political deadlock through talks.

The standing committee of UCPN (Maoist) stuck to their previous demand that the Prime Minister should resign first to make way for talks and consensus on formation of a national unity government.

“There will be no talks till the Prime Minister resigns. He should resign first to create a conducive atmosphere for talks,” said Maoist spokesperson Dina Nath Sharma after the standing committee meeting.

Earlier in the day, Nepal had sent a letter to Maoist chief Pushpa Kamal Dahal ‘Prachanda’ thanking him for withdrawing the indefinite strike and inviting him for talks to resolve all issues.

“It would not be right to head towards confrontation at this critical juncture. I would urge you to come for talks,” the Prime Minister wrote.

On Sunday morning a dozen persons including three policemen were injured in clashes during a blockade of Singha Durbar—the seat of Nepal government—by thousands Maoist cadres.

The incident occurred when policemen tried to stop Maoist supporters from marching towards Singha Durbar violating prohibitory orders. A senior police officer and a journalist were also injured.

The clash broke out after Maoist cadres beat up a person alleging that he was a vigilante. Police had to fire several tear gas shells to disperse the stone-pelting mob and bring the situation under control.

Besides Singha Durbar, Maoists also picketed outside district offices across Nepal bringing administrative work to a halt.

Since calling off its indefinite strike on Friday, Nepal’s main opposition party, UCPN (Maoist), has announced its decision to continue its agitation to remove the government in a different manner.