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'No emergency, Army to crush Maoists'

world Updated: Nov 02, 2009 21:42 IST

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Nepal government on Monday said it has no plan to declare a state of emergency or to deploy Army to crush the Maoists in the country, even as the former rebels launched a fresh agitation to oust the Madhav Kumar Nepal led 22-party ruling alliance from power.

"No situation has arisen yet that demands declaring emergency or mobilising the Army against the former rebels," Minister for Commerce and Supplies Rajendra Mahato told PTI. He said the government will take steps as and when necessary.

He said the Maoists should follow legal procedures if they wanted to form a new government by dislodging the present coalition instead of going to the street. This shows their authoritarian mentality and also goes against the Comprehensive Peace Agreement, he said.

Meanwhile, Minister for Communication and Information and Government spokesman Shanker Pokharel told reporters today that the government is open to dialogue with the Maoists, who have launched agitation in the name of upholding "civilian supremacy."

He said the government will not let the Maoists seize the capital and other parts of the country as per their agitation programme. The government will take necessary steps to ensure law and order in the country, he pointed out.