Kathmandu, Oct 23: The Maoists second man-in-command Dr. Baburam Bhattarai has threatened that the party"s members in the interim Parliament would quit their membership if their demand for declaring the Himalayan national as a republic is not met through the special session of the interim parliament resuming on October 29.
The former rebels have demanded that their 22-point demands, including declaration of the Himalayan country as republic and Constituent Assembly elections based on proportional representation, be accepted by the interim parliament.
Bhattarai said that the special session of the interim parliament had been summoned because the negotiations among the seven-party leadership failed to reach a consensus over their demands.
If a solution in not found through the parliament there is no point in continuing the party representation in the interim parliament, he added.
“If the parties are not trying to save monarchy there is no reason why the House cannot announce republic," Bhattarai argued.
Bhattarai"s comments contradict Maoist Chairman Prachanda"s remarks during a meeting with CPN (UML) General Secretary Madhav Kumar Nepal on Sunday which made it clear that the Maoists would not quit the parliament.
The Maoists had quit the coalition government on October 5 after Koirala-led Nepali Congress (NC) did not agree to their twin demand for declaring the Himalayan country as a republic and for a proportional representation system.
The Maoists have summoned the special session of the interim parliament to fulfil their key demands. The seven-party alliance has adjourned the special session till October 28 to buy time for discussions before the House goes for voting on the Maoists' proposals.