NC for voting on Maoists proposals

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Kathmandu, Oct 26: The Nepali Congress (NC) has said it will go for voting on the Maoists proposals in the special session of Parliament, if the rebels do not withdraw them.

The Maoists should withdraw the proposals registered in the interim parliament, demanding a proportional electoral system and proclamation of a republic, acting President of Nepali Congress (NC) Sushil Koirala said.

Mr Koirala said Maoists chief Prachanda has also supported voting, if the two sides fail to reach an agreement over rebels' demands.

Reiterating the NC's stand that it would not accept both of the demands, Mr Koirala claimed that no one had the right to breach agreements.

''The NC signed the agreements on the basis of its ideology in relation to democracy, human rights and individual liberty. We cannot violate that ideology,'' he said, adding, ''Infringing it is an attack against our ideology. We will defeat it at any cost.'' Mr Koirala also clarified that his party cannot ''sacrifice'' any further in the name of flexibility. ''It's already too much and we have nothing left to give to the Maoists,'' he added.

Mr Koirala warned that the country might fall into civil war if the Maoists do not behave sincerely. He also blamed the Maoists for holding the country ''hostage''.


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