Koirala, Prachanda talks fail, Maoists threaten election boycott

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Kathmandu, Oct 3 (UNI) Nepal Prime Minister Girija Prasad Koirala and Maoist chief Prachanda today failed to break the logjam over holding Constituent Assembly polls in the Himalayan nation.

A meeting between the two leaders at Baluwatar ended inconclusively as Mr Koirala refused to give in to the Maoists demand of adopting a fully proportional electoral system.

Following the failure of the talks, the Maoists have threatened to boycott elections.

Accusing the Maoists of indulging in delaying tactics regarding elections, the Prime Minister said, ''I am not in favour of postponing the elections. If elections are to be postponed, bring a formal proposal for the same and I cannot take the responsibility for the postponement of the elections.'' Kantipur quoted sources as saying that the two leaders accused each other of trying to derail elections.

Minister for Peace and Reconstruction Ram Chandra Poudel and Home Minister Krishna Prasad Sitaual were also present in the meeting.

The Maoists are demanding a fully proportional electoral system, declaring the country a republic before CA polls and postponement of the same.

Following the inconclusive talks with the PM, the Maoists leadership is holding talks with CPN-UML General secretary Madahav Kumar Nepal.

With the PM-Prachanda meeting ending abruptly, uncertainty was looming large over today's seven party meeting.


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