'Maoists trying to find alternative to Koirala'

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Kathmandu, Sep 22: Maoist central leader and former Minister for Local Development Dev Gurung has hinted that his party was looking for an alternative to Prime Minister G P Koirala, who had been ''complicating'' the ongoing peace process in Nepal.

The Maoists were trying to reach a consensus with the parliamentarians' to call a special session of the Interim Legislature-Parliament so as to register a no-confidence motion against Mr Koirala, Kantipur reported, quoting Mr Gurung.

As per the Interim Constitution, one-fourth MPs of the 330-member interim parliament can call a special session and remove the Prime Minister by a no-confidence motion supported by two-thirds majority of the house. The Maoists have 83 MPs in the interim parliament.

Mr Gurung also said the Maoist Ministers, who resigned from the government on September 18, would not withdraw their resignations unless the government accepted two key demands of their ''22-point pre-requisites to ensure Constituent Assembly (CA) elections''- declaration of a republic through the interim parliament prior to the CA polls and adoption of a fully proportional electoral system.

''There is no possibility of withdrawing our resignations if our party's demands are not met,'' he told journalist at Biratnagar airport yesterday, ''Though we are a bit hopeful that the party's demands will be addressed, we are not completely assured.'' All four Maoist ministers in the current coalition government has tendered a joint resignation. Mr Koirala is yet to accept their resignations.

Mr Gurung also proposed that the November 22 CA polls could be deferred again for sometime ''if they cannot not be held by declaring the country a republic in advance, and adopting a fully proportional electoral system''.

Dismissing accusations that the Maoists were trying to run away from the CA polls fearing a defeat, he said, ''The CA election is not about the victory or defeat of a party, but it is about the victory or defeat of political agenda''.


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