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Prachanda meets Nepal to end political deadlock

Maoists supremo Prachanda has held a key meeting with the Nepalese Prime Minister, amid warning by the former rebels to step the campaign to dislodge the 22-party alliance if it fails to reach a consensus to end the political deadlock.

world Updated: Oct 06, 2009 19:00 IST

Maoists supremo Prachanda has held a key meeting with the Nepalese Prime Minister, amid warning by the former rebels to step the campaign to dislodge the 22-party alliance if it fails to reach a consensus to end the political deadlock.

The Maoists have been blocking the Parliament and holding protest rallies in the capital since Prachanda resigned on May 4 as Prime Minister after President Ram Baran Yadav reinstated General Rukmangad Katawal, who has now retired.

Unified CPN-Maoist chairman Prachanda held an hour-long discussion with Madhav Kumar Nepal yesterday. Prachanda and Nepal discussed ways to end the current political deadlock and setting up the high-level mechanism to end the row, the Prime Minister's press advisor Bishnu Rijal told PTI.

They did not discuss about change in the government leadership, he underlined.

Their discussion mainly focused on taking the peace process to its logical end and to move forward the process of drafting the constitution by ending all obstacles in the Parliament, the official said.

Prachanda has warned that if a consensus could not be reached by Diwali, the Maoists would intensify its protest.

However, Prachanda denied reports that he had made an offer to support Nepali Congress president G P Koirala as the next Prime Minister.