Sushil Koirala blames Maoists for ongoing political deadlock

Kathmandu, October 25:

Nepali Congress officiating president Sushil Koirala today blamed the Maoists for the

current uncertainty and instability and warned that the country’s existence would be at stake if the ongoing political deadlock is not brought to an end at the earliest.

Speaking at an interaction at the Reporters’ Club today, he urged the Maoists to withdraw their “unreasonable” proposal of republic and fully proportional electoral system from the parliament to end uncertainty and instability.

He suggested that voting in the parliament would help decide on the proposal if the CPN-Maoist were facing technical difficulty to withdraw the same.

“Forget about reactionary forces making their come back, this uncertainty will lead to civil war if the Maoists stick to their unreasonable stance,” he said.

Koirala accused the Maoists of trying to save monarchy and reiterated his party’s stance that the NC would not, in any way, accept fully proportional electoral system.

“The constitution should not be used as a toy,” NC officiating president Koirala said, reminding the Maoists about the agreement on mixed electoral system as mentioned in the Interim Constituent 2007.

He also accused the Maoists of creating unnecessary troubles all because “they do not want constituent assembly elections to happen.”

The Maoists, he said, want the NC to be clubbed with them, which is unacceptable.

“We have adopted utmost flexibility and we cannot go beyond this,” he added, referring to the NC decision on republic.

He referred to his meeting with Maoist chairman Prachanda, saying, “I urged him to be more responsible. I even reminded him that his party has not abided by the peace agreements. I told them that they are yet to return seized property.”