Confrontation among parties can lead to tragedy: Koirala

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Kathmandu, Mar 30: Nepalese Prime Minister Girija Prasad Koirala has said the ongoing confrontation and antagonism among the political parties could lead to a tragedy in the country. ''If such a tragedy takes place, it will benefit the royalists and those who don't want Constituent Assembly (CA) polls to happen,'' Kantipur quoted Mr Koirala as telling mediapersons at his home in Biratnagar.

''The seven parties sign a pact not to clash during election campaigns but start attacks against each other even before the ink of their signature is dry,'' he said, adding, ''It is not a good sign.'' He was referring to the recent clashes between the major parties, especially Maoists attacking other parties in the districts. Mr Koirala urged the ruling parties to abide by their commitment to peace and stability and stop hostile activities against each other.

''This election is a battle between those who want stability in the country and those who want instability,'' he said.

''If we fail to hold the election, regressive and anti-people forces will benefit the most,'' he said, warning that a different and difficult situation would occur in case of such a failure.

The Prime Minister said the CA election was an epoch-making event and was directly connected with the desires of the people.

''That's why the entire international community has supported it,'' he added.

Mr Koirala said overwhelming support from the international community was not for the seven-party alliance but for the aspirations of the people. ''So it is the people's property and no one has a right to disrupt it through their wranglings,'' he said.

Terming the attacks by Maoist cadres on the candidates and rallies of other political parties as a ''hangover of the past'', Mr Koirala said he would not make any ''irresponsible'' comment against them immediately.

''The CA polls will remove the hangover,'' he added.

Mr Koirala also met the security chiefs of the eastern development region and acquired information on the security situation there.

CA polls are scheduled to be held on April 10 to write a new Constitution in the Himalayan nation.

UNI

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