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Prachanda blames neighbours for Govt fall

world Updated: May 22, 2009 22:19 IST
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Nepal's Maoist leader Prachanda said his attempt to redefine the country's traditional ties with India and China had led to the fall of his government as the former rebels today ended their blockade of the Parliament for lawmakers to elect a new premier tomorrow.

Prachanda said a situation had been created where he had to resign as prime minister as he tried to reframe the relationship with Nepal's neighbouring countries in a new perspective.

The Maoist supremo had earlier accused India of interfering in Nepal's internal affairs during the standoff with the army chief General Rukmangad Katawal.

A situation had arisen that led him to resign from power as his party tried to look into the relations with neighbouring countries with a new angle, Prachanda said, adding that his party wants to maintain good relations with both neighbouring countries, including India and China.

Caretaker Premier Prachanda, who had sparked the latest political crisis on May 4 when he resigned, told lawmakers that his attempt to redefine Nepal's traditional relations with his two giant neighbours India and China had triggered his government's fall.

"I deeply feel that the historical necessity for redefining Nepal's relations with the two countries have not yet been completed but the traditional concept of big brother and the smaller one continued," he said.