Koirala takes exception to PM’s remark

Kathmandu, September 26:

Nepali Congress President Girija Prasad Koirala has warned Prime Minister Pushpa Kamal Dahal ‘Prachanda’ and his party against “sabotaging parliamentary democracy.”

Koirala, who was the chief guest at a programme organised by the Nepal Students’ Union here, said he would not let the CPN-Maoist abolish parliamentary democracy.

Referring to Prachanda’s recent remarks against parliamentary democracy, Koirala said, “I don’t understand what game they are playing, but the abolition of parliamentary democracy can only take place over my dead body.”

The former PM warned the CPN-Maoist not to politicise the national army. “Nobody can make national army his/her pocket army.” He strongly objected to the security code violation by Maoist cadres.

“Nobody is allowed to enter the Constituent Assembly Hall with a gun,” he said and warned the CPN-Maoist not to repeat such mistakes.

Defending BP Koirala’s policy of national reconciliation, Koirala said it was under this policy that the CPN-Maoist was brought into mainstream politics. Without elaborating, he said some activities of the Maoists were detrimental to the peace process.