In a major turnaround, the Nepali Congress has offered to back a re installation of a Maoist government in the country, provided they came out with a concrete action plan on former combatants and met other key demands.
The offer was made by senior Congress leader and former prime minister Sher Bahadur Deuba who also wanted the former ultras to return the land and property seized by their cadres and cease attacks against rival political parties.
Deuba also demanded that the Maoist disband the Young Communist League, their paramilitary organisation. He said if Maoists agree to these terms then they would seek resignation of the present coalition government headed by Madhav Kumar Nepal.
The Nepali Congress' proposal comes at a time when the Maoists have intensified efforts to form a national consensus government under their leadership by mobilising support from smaller political parties.
Deuba also said that it was not possible to draft the constitution without addressing the issue of integration and rehabilitation of the Maoist combatants.
If the Maoists agree on the four pre-conditions then we will demand the resignation from the Prime Minister, Deuba said.