NC not in favour of Maoist integration into Nepal Army: Koirala

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Kathmandu, Nov 22 (UNI) Nepali Congress (NC) president and former prime minister Girija Prasad Koirala has said he is not in favour of integration of the Maoist combatants into the Nepal Army.

''The NC is against the army integration now since the Maoists have continued violence,'' Koirala was quoted as saying while addressing a mass meeting in Nepalgunj today.

Referring to the killing of two youths in Dhading by the Maoist youth wing Young Communist League (YCL), Mr Koirala, a veteran politician of the Himalayan nation said, ''I will not let the integration happen if the Maoists continued their criminal activities.'' He said the YCL will eventually put an end to the Maoists and party chairman Pushpa Kamal Dahal.

''It seems that the Maoists are moving ahead with the intention not to make a new constitution, that is why I have come to 'bugle' for the constitution making,'' Kantipur quoted him.

He further underscored the need for unity among the political forces for the constitution making.

Criticising Prime Minister Pushpa Kamal Dahal alias Prachanda's recent remarks that the parliamentary system has failed, the former prime minister opined that the saying 'bad workmen blame their tools' exactedly fit the Maoists.

''If you cannot accept the parliamentary system, why have you come?'' Mr Koirala asked.

Alluding to a myth, he said, ''Prachanda is like Kalidas. He is trying to cut off the branch he is sitting on.'' Maoists have said that nearly 20,000 former rebels living in various camps under the UN monitor will be integrated into Nepal army within six months. A committee, including two Maoists minister and a representative of the Madhesi party under the chairmanship of Home Minister Bam Dev Gautam has been formed to integrate them.

Nepali Congress has, however, refused to join the committee.

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