Maoists accuse NC, UML of showing apathy to their demands

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Katmandu, Aug 4 (ANI): The Unified CPN (Maoist) has accused the Nepali Congress (NC) and the CPN (UML) of not being serious towards their demands.

Speaking to reporters after an all-party meeting called by Prime Minister Madhav Kumar Nepal here this morning, Maoist vice-chairman Babu Ram Bhattarai and secretary Post Bahadur Bogati said the leaders of the ruling parties had not given due importance to their demands.

Two days before the deadline given by the Maoists to the government to address their demands on civilian supremacy and President Ram Baram Yadav's 'unconstitutional' move on Army chief issue, PM Nepal called a meeting of all parties represented in the Constituent Assembly to discuss ways to address the Maoist demands.

The Maoists have announced they would launch a nationwide stir if their demands were not addressed within the deadline.

The first ever meeting of the topmost decision-making body of the party, which was revived after the party started getting increasingly restless over its desire to see a Maoist-led government and simultaneously went for multiple-post leadership in the party - also constituted National People's Movement Coordination Committee under the chairmanship of vice-chairman Dr Baburam Bhattarai to oversee the struggle it has dubbed as the 'third people's movement'.

The Standing Committee also decided to boycott the public appearances of Madhav Kumar Nepal and President Dr Yadav if the 22-coalition failed to address the issues raised by the party.

Earlier, Prachanda said, there was also careful review of the decisions made during the extended CC meeting and discussion on the future strategy of the party.

"We had given one month ultimatum to address the issues concerning the President's unconstitutional move. There will be protests in the streets as well as the parliament if the government fails to forge political consensus on those issues within four days," he added.

Prachanda further said the present government would be responsible for the situation arising from the street movement, but assured that the protests would be peaceful, Nepalnews reported. (ANI)

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