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Prachanda announces another people’s movement

Terming UML as a “black sheep” among the communists, Nepal’s former Premier and Maoist chief Prachanda has said he will launch the “people’s movement-III” by forging an alliance with “nationalist forces” to establish civilian supremacy in the country.

world Updated: Jun 22, 2009 18:31 IST

Terming UML as a “black sheep” among the communists, Nepal’s former Premier and Maoist chief Prachanda has said he will launch the “people’s movement-III” by forging an alliance with “nationalist forces” to establish civilian supremacy in the country.

“We will soon launch another People’s Movement,” he said addressing his workers at Palung village of Makawanpur in west Kathmandu yesterday.

Prachanda, who was eased out of power last month by CPN-UML-led alliance, announced the launch of People’s Movement-III, forging ties with “nationalist, patriotic and democratic forces”.

He claimed that the movement would completely sweep away “reactionaries, opportunists and traitors” from the country to establish civilian supremacy.

Prachanda termed the present UML-led government as a puppet and said that the UML was the black sheep among the communist parties of Nepal.

He ruled out the possibility of another armed struggle but alleged that some forces were trying to push the Maoists back into the jungle.

“We will launch people’s movement in the capital and districts to establish civilian supremacy,” he added.

The 1990 People’s Movement had established multiparty democracy in the Himalayan country. In 1996 the Maoists started a decade long armed struggle. They joined hand with the seven party alliance, after reaching 12 point pact in Delhi, to launch second phase of movement in 2006, that ended absolute monarchy.