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Maoists will not pull out: Prachanda

world Updated: Aug 08, 2007 04:33 IST
Anirban Roy

Nepal’s Maoist chief Prachanda ruled out the need to pull out from the government and directed the cadres to focus on the Constituent Assembly elections on Tuesday.

The Maoist leadership is facing mounting pressure from the cadres to quit the government and launch the revolt to protect the achievements of the decade-long “peoples’ war” and the April uprising.

Representatives of Maoists' People's Liberation Army (PLA) criticised the government for neglecting the cadres in the seven cantonments and 21 satellite camps and had urged the party leadership to immediately pull out of the government.

The PLA leaders complained that the party leadership has also been giving less priority to the contribution made by combatants in the past. The division commanders said the party should not delay launching a 'revolt' to boost the morale of PLA combatants.

Responding to the comments at the Maoist plenum, Prachanda said the cadres should now focus on conducting the elections and cautioned them to be aware of reactionary elements, which are conspiring to break the party.

“After much deliberation the party has reached to the conclusion to remain in the government,” the Maoist chief said, adding that the cadres of the party need to understand the political conspiracies hatched against them.

Prachanda said the Maoists can achieve a lot of political goals by being in the government. The Maoist plenum was convened to chalk out the party’s future political strategies.

The Maoist chief assured the cadres that the party would take initiatives a leftist unity in Nepal that has been proposed by the Communist Party of Nepal (UML). The “left unity” would help in giving better shape to new Nepal, he said.

To appease the leaders of the party, Prachanda claimed that the party would continue with its struggle from both the government and the parliament to achieve its political goal. The Maoists are fighting for immediate declaration of Nepal as a republic.