22 parties in favour of Prez move

POKHARA: Nepali Congress senior leader Sher Bahadur Deuba today said that the 22 parties in the coalition would not object to the President's move.

Addressing his party cadres here, Deuba also ruled out dialogues with the UCPN-Maoist over the same. "Except for the President's step, we can hold discussion over other demands of the Maoists."

"The Maoists have made President's move as main agenda of their agitation. However, we can hold discussion with them if they give it up and ready themselves to talk on other demands," Deuba said, adding that the 22 parties had supported the President when the Maoists tried to impose dictatorship by dragging Nepali Army into controversy.

He also chastised the Maoists as they were still involved in seizing private property, looting and attacking and killing people.

He also alleged that the Maoists were trying to seize the state power with their terror tactics.

"Had the police failed to act timely, I would have sustained serious injuries in the attack of Maoist cadres in Chitwan," he said, urging people to raise voice against such atrocities. The Maoists had attacked him and vandalised his vehicle at Chitwan on Tuesday.

He also announced that he would vie for the post of president in the upcoming party convention.

"As party president Girija Prasad Koirala could not hold the post due to his poor health, I'm going to file my candidacy to lead the party effectively," Deuba said.

Speaking at another programme in Baglung the same day, the former premier said the Maoists had been creating terror among public in the name of civilian's supremacy.

"The ongoing agitation won't give an outlet to the issue raised in connection to the step taken by the President," he said.

Saying that he was trying his best to make the party the largest one, he said he had been entrusted to take ahead the party by uniting all the party cadres.