Himalayan News Service
Rajbiraj, June 12:
CPN-UML general secretary Madhav Kumar Nepal said today that an alliance with the CPN-Maoist would be possible only if they dropped arms, accepted multiparty democracy and joined the peaceful pro-democracy movement with other political parties. Speaking at a press conference today, Nepal called the recent violent activities unleashed by the Maoists as an act of extremism and claimed that extremism prevailed in the country. â€œThe present nationwide movement launched by the alliance of seven political parties is aimed at finding a way out of the impasse plaguing the country,â€ he said. â€œInternational communities have supported our movement which rightly justifies the significance of our movement,â€ he said. â€œReinstatement of the house is the only way left to us. We have to go for constituent assembly if needed,â€ he said, adding: â€œThe government has failed to comply with the objectives of the 29-point programme and instability and anarchism have further increased.â€
He also labelled the present cabinet as being a â€œbunch of corrupt and rejected people.â€ UML politburo member Jhalnath Khanal claimed the movement would succeed because they were fighting for peopleâ€™s cause. â€œThe nationâ€™s fourth estate should also aim to root out the autocracy prevailing in the country,â€ he said. Khanal also said the party would not take part in local elections. â€œTaking part in local elections would imply that we are supporting autocracy,â€ Khanal said. â€œThe seven-party alliance would continue until we establish true democracy in the country and there is no question of break-up among the parties at any cost,â€ Khanal said.
The visits to India by prominent leaders was an attempt to acquire international support for the ongoing movement.