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Will quit for anyone other than Prachanda: Nepal PM

Nepal Prime Minister Madhav Kumar Nepal on Sunday agreed to quit in favour of a consensus candidate other than Maoist chief Pushpa Kamal Dahal ‘Prachanda’, reports Utpal Parashar.

world Updated: Apr 25, 2010 12:15 IST
Utpal Parashar

Nepal Prime Minister Madhav Kumar Nepal on Sunday agreed to quit in favour of a consensus candidate other than Maoist chief Pushpa Kamal Dahal ‘Prachanda’.

Nepal has been under pressure to quit from within his party—CPN (UML)--and from the main opposition UCPN (Maoist) over his alleged failure to take the peace process forward and delay in drafting the new constitution.

“If Madhav Kumar Nepal can’t remain the PM, Prachanda can’t also become the PM,” said Nepal while talking to reporters at the Tribhuwan University Teaching Hospital in Kathmandu.

Nepal had gone to meet some party cadres who had been admitted at the hospital following injuries sustained in attacks by UCPN (Maoist) workers.

Blaming the UCPN (Maoist) and especially its chairman for the ongoing political impasse, the Prime Minister stated that he will resign in favour of a consensus candidate other than ‘Prachanda’.

“How can a person who is leading a violent agitation in the country become the Prime Minister?” Nepal questioned.

Maoists have been providing ‘military training’ to thousands of youths in preparation of a ‘decisive war’ from May 1 against the present government and to ensure that the constitution is drafted within the May 28 deadline.