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NC rejects Prachanda's offer to join government

world Updated: Mar 22, 2009 08:49 IST

Striking a conciliatory note, Nepalese Premier Prachanda has asked the opposition NC to join the Maoists-led government, an offer spurned by the party saying accepting it would be "suicidal".

Nepali Congress (NC) spokesman Arjun Narsingh Khatri Chhetri said joining the government in the present circumstances is not possible.

"Nepali Congress has already decided not to join the Maoist government and we cannot change the decision in the present circumstances," Chhetri said.

"To join the government would be suicidal," he said.

Chhetri also added that the government has destroyed entire bureaucratic structure, demoralised the army and politicised the whole government institutions.

"In such a situation, we can't join the government just to become a mute spectator to such bullish and authoritarian acts of the Maoists," he said.

Earlier, Prachanda has claimed that the Girija Prasad Koirala-led NC may join the government when it makes reshuffle in the cabinet next week.

Addressing a function organised by National Dalit Commission in Kathmandu on Saturday, the Prime Minister had said that he has been making efforts to bring the opposition NC party in the government.

"After meeting Koirala, my hope to include the NC in the cabinet has become stronger," Prachanda said.