Nepali Congress against army integration

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Kathmandu, Sept 9 : Nepali Congress Vice-President Ram Chandra Poudel today said that the Maoist People's Liberation Army can't be integrated with the Nepali Army as the former is loyal to a political party.

Speaking at a programme here Poudel said that cadres of political parties can't be inducted in a national army, which is carrying out its duty of safeguarding the nation by remaining politically impartial.

He advised the Maoists to manage the combatants within their own party.

He also accused the government of failing to provide assistance to the flood victims of Koshi disaster, which in its aftermath has claimed 36 lives so far, and rendered over 50,000 homeless.

He also assured that the Nepali Congress would assume the role of a responsible opposition party and would not engage in the game of pulling down the government.

Poudel's remark came in response to warning by Prime Minister Prachanda that the country would face a great catastrophe if there is any efforts to topple his government, Kantipur reported.

ANI

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