Bhattarai gives 3-day ultimatum to Prez

DHULIKHEL: Vice-chairman of Unified CPN-Maoist Dr Baburam Bhattarai today said that his party was trying to correct the wrong step taken by the President through agitation.

Speaking at a press conference organised by the Maoist-affiliated journalists' body in Banepa, Bhattarai said, "The President had no constitutional rights to take step against the cabinet's decision to sack erstwhile Chief of Army Staff Rookmangud Katawal."

Dr Bhattarai, however, said that the Maoists would withdraw their protest programme if the President confessed his mistake in public. "But we will move ahead with our agitation programme if the President fails to correct his mistake within the next three days," he added.

The Maoist leader also reiterated that their major demand was to establish civilian supremacy and that needed correction of the President's "unconstitutional move".

He claimed that the party had halted the parliament business for they were not allowed to discuss the President's move. "The parties in the government are responsible for the obstruction of the parliament.''

Coming down heavily on the government, Bhattarai also accused that "the leaders not supported by ballots" were hatching conspiracies to impose a military rule in the country.