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UML ready for CA polls: Khanal

CPN UML Chairman Jhalnath KhanalKATHMANDU: CPN UML Chairman Jhalnath Khanal has revealed that his party is ready for Constituent Assembly (CA) polls. Khanal’s statement comes some days after the Standing Committee meeting of the party had decided to go for parliamentary elections to resolve political impasse.

Speaking to a delegation of a journalists led by Reporters Club Nepal Khanal said that the party was resolute in drafting the new constitution through CA.

” UML is resolute on drafting the new constitution through CA. Therefore we are in favour of seeking fresh mandate,” said Khanal ruling out the possibility to support ethnic federalism.

He said that the party will put up efforts to foil any or every bid for federalising the nation along ethnic lines and informed that the party was in discussion with dissatisfied dissident ethnic leaders of the party.

In a different note, Khanal accused the Maoist of endangering nationality, democracy and day-to-day life of the general public. “The Maoist-Madheshi coalition has proved to be a burden for the nation,” he said calling on Prime Minister to step down unconditionally.

Referring to the recent controversy surrounding exchange of letters between the Maoists and the Indian establishment during the insurgency era, Khanal said that the Maoists were traitors if the rumours were true. He announced that the UML will not forge alliance with such traitors in the days ahead.

On the occasion, Khanal said that his party will claim the leadership of the much hyped national consensus government and said that the way ahead cannot be determined on the basis of five point agreement reached between political parties before the dissolution of the CA.

Published Date: Tuesday, August 7th, 2012 | 01:54 AM

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