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Maoist capturing state power by dividing nation along ethnic lines: 22 parties

Nepalese political leaders from 22 parties join hands during a protest demanding the resignation of Prime Minister Baburam Bhattarai in Kathmandu on June 8, 2012. A loose alliance of 22 parties, including Nepal's second and third-largest political groupings, staged rallies across the city, demanding the resignation of Maoist Prime Minister Baburam Bhattarai . AFP PHOTO/Prakash MATHEMA (Photo credit should read PRAKASH MATHEMA/AFP/GettyImages)
Nepalese political leaders from 22 parties join hands during a protest demanding the resignation of Prime Minister Baburam Bhattarai in Kathmandu on June 8, 2012. A loose alliance of 22 parties, including Nepal's second and third-largest political groupings, staged rallies across the city, demanding the resignation of Maoist Prime Minister Baburam Bhattarai . (PRAKASH MATHEMA/AFP/GettyImages)

 

KATHMANDU: 22 political parties, including Nepali Congress and CPN UML, have claimed that the Constituent Assembly (CA) was not dissolved due to differences over federalism.

Speaking at the mass protest rally organized at open theatre in capital on Friday, most of the leaders claimed that CA was dissolved due to UCPN Maoist and PM Dr Baburam Bhattarai’s ploy to capture state power.

They claimed that the Maoist was not in favor of federalism and was actively plotting to deprive the public of sovergenity.

Congress Vice President Ram Chandra Paudel accused the Maoist of obstructing the drafting of new constitution.

He claimed that the Maoist were showing double standard and have been using federalism just as a means to capture state power.

RPP leader and former Prime Minister Lokendra Bahadur Chand accused the Maoist of fueling ethnic tensions within the country in the name of federalism.

CPN ML General Secretary CP Mainali said that the Maoist had ditched the lead parties and taken over the state power deceptively. Accusing the Maoist of using the Madhesh based parties, he claimed that so called intellectual PM Bhattarai was dividing the nation along ethnic lines to gain power.

Published Date: Friday, June 8th, 2012 | 01:11 AM

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