Koirala says he does not trust the Maoists anymore

KATHMANDU: Nepali Congress president Sushil Koirala has said that his party was going to the people as the Unified CPN (Maoist) has lost all basis of confidence.

The Nepali Congress president said this to Prime Minister Baburam Bhattarai in a meeting between the two leaders this morning. Prime Minister Bhattarai had gone to meet Koirala at his residence in Maharajgunj.

Recalling that the Nepali Congress had been reposing faith on the UCPN (Maoist) since the past and had also ‘offered many things’ to it, Koirala said now they were compelled to go for a constitutional and political battle with the Maoist party.

According to Koirala, in the meeting Prime Minister Bhattarai stated that he was only a care-taker prime minister and that he was ready to accept any decision if the leaders sat down together and forged consensus.

To this, the NC president said that the Nepali Congress had to go to the people as there is a climate of mistrust, Koirala’s press advisor Bipul Pokharel said.
“I told the prime minister in no uncertain terms that the UCPN (Maoist) still harboured the mentality of power capture. I also reminded him our support for constituting a government of national consensus. He (prime minister) only told us to forge consensus,” Pokharel quoted Koirala.

Talking to the media after the meeting, Koirala ruled out the parties including the UCPN (Maoist) sitting together and seeking consensus for the time being. “They created a climate of mistrust, so we are currently busy in our protest programmes,” he added. RSS

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