Maoists mull 'no-confidence' motion against Koirala

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Kathmandu, Sep 20: The Communist Party of Nepal-Maoist (CPN-M) has decided to call for a special session of the interim Parliament and plans to table a no confidence motion against the Girija Prasad Koirala government.

Maoist leader C P Gajurel said a proposal would soon be registered at the Parliament Secretariat demanding the special session, to demand for a Republic. He said the party would possibly table a no-confidence motion against the Prime Minister, Nepal news reported.

The central committee meeting of the party organised yesterday to discuss the political scenario, after its exit from the government on Tuesday, decided on calling for the special session.

The Maoists had triggered a nation-wide protest, after other political parties refused to establish a Republic immediately, in a setback to last year's peace deal which had ended a decade-long civil war and brought the maoists into the mainstream.

As per the interim constitution, one fourth of lawmakers can call the special session. The Maoists have 83 MPs in the 330-seat interim Parliament.

The newspaper quoted Mr Gajurel as saying the party would abide by the peace accord despite waging street agitations and the People's Liberation Army would not leave the cantonments.

The central committee meeting endorsed the decision of quitting the government and decided to stick to the 22 demands made by the party.

''Our efforts to declare Republic from the Parliament has failed.

Now we will declare Republic from the streets. Therefore, we have decided to come in the midst of the people,'' Maoist second-in-command Dr Baburam Bhattarai had said while addressing a mass meeting at the open air theatre, a few days back.

He had further stated that the code of ethics and election schedule by the Election Commission was no longer acceptable to them. ''We will struggle for the purpose of having real election not this hypocritical drama,'' he observed.

UNI

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