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Row over 'Indian advice' is over: Prachanda

Maoist chairman confirms that the suspicion that arose after a reported 'Indian advice' to a top communist leader to tie up with the Nepali Congress has now been cleared.

world Updated: Jun 11, 2007 14:22 IST

Maoist chairman Prachanda has said the suspicion that arose after a reported 'Indian advice' to a top communist leader to tie up with the Nepali Congress has now been cleared, with the former rebel leader expecting New Delhi "to play a positive role" in the peace process.

"We would like to make it clear that the suspicions created by some media reports that the Indian government, which is expected to play a positive role throughout the peace process, had suggested for a special alliance between the Nepali Congress and the UML, have ended," Prachanda said in a statement on Sunday.

Expressing concern over the recent Maoist activities, Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh during a recent meeting with a UML team in Delhi had said that the unity between the Nepali Congress and UML be strengthened, according to a UML leader present in the meeting.

The Maoist chairman had immediately objected to the India Prime Minister's advice.

However, the UML leaders had refuted reports of such an advice, but they revealed that the Indian side had expressed concern over the forceful activities of the Maoists.

Prachanda had said that the remarks indicated "the beginning of foreign meddling in Nepali politics." Reiterating his party's commitment to hold the Constituent Assembly elections by further consolidating the eight-party unity, Prachanda said that he had a very positive discussion with Prime Minister Girija Prasad Koirala on Sunday to move the peace process forward "by removing all uncertainties and misgivings."