The Maoist leadership on Thursday decided to call for a special session of the parliament and table a no-confidence motion against Nepalese Prime Minister Girija Prasad Koirala. The party's central committee did not respond to Koirala's request for Maoists minister to rejoin the government.
The death toll, meanwhile, from weekend riots in southern Nepal rose on Thursday to 19 as police reached remote areas affected by the bloodshed and found more bodies, officials said. The fighting in the Kapilbastu district ignited after gunmen killed a local politician on Sunday in Chandrauta village, 300 kms southwest of Kathmandu, said the chief administrator Narendra Dahal.
The police were investigating which groups were involved in the fighting, he said.
Several ethnic groups in southern Nepal have been organising strikes, transportation shutdowns and demonstrations to demand greater rights.
They include a handful of small armed groups, who sometimes fight among themselves as they compete for residents' support.
The Maoists walked out of the interim government on Tuesday and announced street protests after Koirala rejected their demand for immediately declaring Nepal as a "republic" and abolishing the 238-year-old monarchy.
Senior Maoist leader and chairman of the organisation's international wing, CP Gajurel told
that a formal proposal would soon be put before the parliament secretariat demanding the special session and reinforcing their demand for a republic.
Speaker Subhash Nemwang may have to convene the special session because as per the interim constitution, a fourth of parliament's strength is sufficient to convene such a meeting. The Maoists have 83 MPs in the 330-member interim parliament.
The Maoist central committee also endorsed the decision to quit the government and decided to stick to their 22 demands. The Maoist-affiliated All Nepal National Independent Students Union (Revolutionary), meanwhile, has already launched its agitation to turn Nepal into a republic.