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Now Nepal Maoists plan to adopt constitution from the streets

world Updated: May 17, 2010 15:40 IST
Utpal Parashar
Utpal Parashar
Hindustan Times
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Having failed in their attempt to dislodge the government despite a six-day strike earlier this month, opposition Maoists in Nepal are now planning to adopt the country’s new constitution from the streets.

Politburo members of UCPN (Maoist) decided on Sunday to declare the new constitution unilaterally on May 29—the day Nepal marks as Republic Day after abolition of monarchy two years ago.

“We will announce the draft of peoples’ federal republican constitution on Republic Day if the Constituent Assembly fails to promulgate it within May 28,” said Maoist spokesperson Dinanath Sharma.

The deadline for Nepal to adopt its new constitution as well as the tenure of the Constituent Assembly set up two years ago for the purpose end on May 28.

Maoists who have more than one-third representation in CA are against extending its tenure to complete the new constitution till their demand for removal of the government is not met.

The party had brought the country to a standstill between May 2 and May 7 with street demonstrations seeking removal of the government and setting up of a national unity government headed by them.

They called off the indefinite strike citing inconvenience faced by the public as reason.

But things could again take a turn for worse as UCPN (M) vice chairman Baburam Bhattarai was quoted on Monday by a local newspaper that the party would rather go back to war that bow down to the government.

Maoists had returned to the democratic fold in 2006 after a 10-year civil war that led to over 13,000 deaths. Most of their former combatants are still living in UN monitored cantonments.

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