KATHMANDU: Acting general secretary of the CPN-UML Bamdev Gautam, in a press statement issued on Monday, said they would not forge any alliance with the Maoists or the autocratic monarchy. The statement said the party believes that the Maoist problem is mainly a political issue and should be resolved through peace talks and political overture.

“Our party believes that the autocratic monarchy that has taken away the people’s democratic rights and this is the main hurdle to finding peaceful solution to the Maoist problem,” said the statement.