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Talks fail, Maoists to go ahead with strike

Opposition Maoists in Nepal have decided to go ahead with their nationwide demonstrations on May 1 after talks between the three major parties failed to arrive at any consensus, reports Utpal Parashar.

world Updated: May 01, 2010 00:08 IST
Utpal Parashar

Opposition Maoists in Nepal have decided to go ahead with their nationwide demonstrations on May 1 after talks between the three major parties failed to arrive at any consensus.

Hopes of the Maoists calling off their demonstration and indefinite strike from May 2 were raised after leaders of all three major parties had agreed on Wednesday to resolve all issues within Friday.

“We had a round of talks in the afternoon and another round will take place in the evening, but no result has been arrived at,” informed UCPN (Maoist) vice chairman Dr. Baburam Bhattarai.

Nearly 500,000 Maoist cadres would to join Saturday’s demonstration aimed at removing the government. They will converge at Ratnapark where UCPN (M) chief Pushpa Kamal Dahal ‘Prachanda’ will address them. Bhattarai assured that despite “false propaganda”, the demonstration would be peaceful.