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Will step down for anyone but Prachanda, says Madhav Nepal

world Updated: Apr 25, 2010 16:19 IST

Nepal Prime Minister Madhav Kumar Nepal on Sunday said he would quit for Maoist chief Prachanda, though he would be willing to make way for a consensus candidate if that could resolve the political crisis.

With the Maoists preparing for a massive protest rally against the 22-party ruling coalition, Nepal said Maoist chairman Pushpa Kamal Dahal could not be accepted as the prime minister as he has been instigating violence in the country.

Talking to reporters at the Tribhuvan University Teaching Hospital, where he had gone to see injured party cadres, Nepal said he was ready to pave the way for "other alternatives" but will not resign under pressure from the Maoists.

The Prime Minister visited the Teaching Hospital at Maharajgunj to enquire about health condition of those cadres who sustained serious injuries during an attack allegedly by Maoist cadres in Surkhet district in western Nepal.

The Prime Minister's remarks came ahead of the Unified CPN-Maoists' planned protests starting from May 1 to topple the coalition government, coinciding with the May Day.

The Maoists have been preparing for the planned show of strength, conducting special training programmes for their cadres in different parts of the country.

The May 1 mass rally in Kathmandu is aimed at giving a final jolt to the government, against whom the Prachanda-led party has spearheaded a campaign.

Nepal accused the Maoists' of violating the Comprehensive Peace Accord by their continued acts of terror and violence.

He alleged that the Maoists' activities are obstructing the on-going peace process and the constitution drafting process in the country.

"If the Maoists do not mend their ways all other political parties should politically isolate the former rebels," he said.

He blamed the Maoists for assaulting the cadres of other political parties with a view "to impose their totalitarian rule in the country".

"It is unfortunate that the Maoists are creating anarchy and indulging in destructive activities at a time when the country needs cooperation, collaboration and peaceful atmosphere for efficiently managing the transitional period,"