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Parliamentary proclamation partial success: Maoists

Maoists have cautioned that the proclamation might overshadow the dialogue process as well as the constituent assembly elections.

india Updated: May 19, 2006 11:26 IST
Press Trust of India
Press Trust of India

Maoists in Nepal on Friday were cautious in welcoming the parliamentary proclamation curtailing the powers of King Gyanendra saying it is a partial success for the people's movement.

Several declarations, including the one proclaiming Nepal a secular state, as demanded by the Maoists since long have made his party proud, CPN-Maoist Chairman Prachanda said but pointed out that the proclamation does not address many aspirations of the people.

Prachanda termed as incomplete the decision to provide monarchy a ceremonial role when the people want a republic adding "it does not on the whole address the needs and aspirations of the people."

He also cautioned the people that the proclamation might overshadow the process of dialogue, constituent assembly elections and an overall progressive outlet.

"The silence with regards to peace talks as a solution to the serious problem of a decade-old civil war has given rise to a serious suspicion," he said in a statement.

Meanwhile, media reports here said that a hot discussion took place at the Nepal Army Headquarters yesterday after the King was stripped of his title of the Supreme Commander-in-Chief of the Army.

A serious discussion took place between pro-palace army officials and the moderates, the Kathmandu Post said.

However, the generals ruled out any probability of a military revolt over the issue, it added. Chief of the Army Staff Pyarjung Thapa, who met Prime Minister Koirala a few days ago, had assured him of full support.

First Published: May 19, 2006 11:26 IST