Baglung, October 4:

Central committee member of the CPN-Maoist and a member of the Maoist talks team, Dina Nath Sharma, today said a Thailand-like military coup was possible in Nepal if the arms of the Nepali Army were not managed first. He said raising the issue of Maoists’ arms was a part of a conspiracy to keep the King in power even after the constituent assembly elections.

Speaking at a press meet organised by the Dhaulagiri chapter of the Federation of Nepalese Journalists in Baglung today, Sharma, who is here for Dashain, said the US and India were “conspiring to keep monarchy alive” and also accused the seven parties of merely being “dice in the conspiracy.”

Sharma claimed that the peace talks were being delayed due to “foreign interference” and status quo in the seven-party alliance. He said the upcoming talks would concentrate on restructuring of state and Maoist army. He said monarchy was the main hindrance in the talks, not Maoists’ arms.

Meanwhile, a meeting was held today in Baglung about rehabilitation of the displaced people. CDO of Baglung Krishna Prasad Lamsal, DSP Pawan Prasad Kharel and Sharma participated in the meeting. Issues of peace and security, development works, rehabilitation of the displaced people and reinstatement of the government offices were discussed during the meeting.