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Nepali leaders train guns at Maoists in Prachanda’s absence

world Updated: Sep 26, 2008 23:58 IST
Anirban Roy
Anirban Roy
Hindustan Times

As Nepal’s Maoist Prime Minister Prachanda is having his first political exposure in the US, the insurgent-turned political party is caught in a political assault.

Subash Nemwang, chairman of the Constituent Assembly on Friday directed the government to furnish clear explanations over the entry of armed bodyguard of a Maoist lawmaker in the premises of the Constituent Assembly (CA).

Nemwang directed the Maoist-led government to clarify the presence of armed Maoist cadres in the CA.

Police personnel on Monday had found Maoist lawmaker Barshaman Pun’s bodyguard carrying weapon while in the CA. Pun is a former deputy commander of the Maoists’ People’s Liberation Army.

The session of the Constituent Assembly on Friday was obstructed for half-an-hour after the members of Nepali Congress (NC), the Terai Madhesh Democratic Party and the Rastriya Prajatantra Party (Nepal) picketed the rostrum demanding the government’s view over the issue.

Former prime minister and president of NC Girija Prasad Koirala warned Maoists of undermining democracy. “I won’t allow it. The Nepali Army is a national army, it does not belong to anybody,” Koirala said.

Prachanda is in at the UN, and is scheduled to return on October 2.