Victory of Maoists in Nepal historic: JD(U)

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New Delhi, Apr 15 (UNI) Terming victory of Maoists in Nepal 'historic', Janata Dal (United) President and Chairman of the Parliamentarians Forum for Nepal India Friendship Sharad Yadav today said Naxalites and extremists in India should learn from them and use ballot instead of bullets to get their demands met.

''The spectaculor victory of Communist Party of Nepal (Maoists) in the elections to the Constitutent Assembly of Npeal is a historic development. It is a victory for common people and weaker sections of Nepal, who had been on the margins due to combined dominance of feudal and market forces. Whatever opinion of Maoists any one may have, one thing is certain, they worked for justice to weaker sections and remained with them in all situations. The Maoists first battled for poor with bullets, but once they realised that ballot is better and surer way of serving them, they took to ballot. And the poor and weaker sections have responded by reposing faith in Maoists in most decisive manner,'' he said.

He said Maoist victor in Nepal is landmark as it has dealt death blow to monarchy and reversed the trend of family rule prevalent in many countries of South Asia. However, he refused to comment on the possibility of Congress projecting Rahul Gandhi as future prime minister thereby propogating family rule and said it was the internal matter of the Congress.

Mr Yadav, who had earlier led a party delegation to Nepal and received a delegation of CPN (Maoists) led by Mr Prachanda, welcomed the victory of seven party alliance in neighbouring country and hoped that it would lead Nepal on the road of democracy, peace and stability.

Asked whether the victory of Maoist in Nepal would give moral boost to Naxalites in India, Mr Yadav said they should also learn and use ballot instead of bullet to put their points across. He denied that Maoist in Nepal had links with naxalites in India.

Regarding the victory of Maoist increasing the influence of China on India, Mr Yadav said India has historical and cultural relations with Nepal and there was no threat to their friendship following the election results.

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