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Maoists blame Nepal's four parties' attitude for poll boycott

Press Trust of India  |  Kathmandu 

The "attitude" of Nepal's four major political parties, including UCPN-Maoist and Nepali Congress, have forced CPN-Maoist along with smaller parties to boycott the election process, hardliner Maoist leader Mohan Baidya said today.

He blamed the four major parties for barring CPN-Maoist from sitting for talks.

"The attitude of the four parties -- UCPN-Maoist, Nepali Congress, Joint Democratic Madhesi Front and United Madhesi Front -- towards CPN-Maoist forced it to boycott the upcoming Constituent Assembly election," Baidya, chairman of CPN-Maoist, the breakaway faction of UCPN-Maoist, said.

He was speaking after inaugurating the first council meeting of the All-Nepal Teachers' Organisation in Lalitpur.

"The new constitution is a must to institutionalise the achievements made through the Maoist people's war and the second people's movement," Baidya said.

Leaders of the four political parties in the High Level Political Committee (HLPC) were responsible for the first Constituent Assembly's failure to draft the Constitution, he said. "Thus there is no hope that they would promulgate constitution from the next Constituent Assembly as well."

The Maoist leader proposed to convene a round table conference for determining the fundamentals of the Constitution and to forge consensus among all regarding nationalism and independence.

Baidya-led CPN-Maoist has been opposing the ongoing polls preparations and has repeatedly warned to disrupt the it if the parties went ahead without addressing their demands.

The Khil Raj Regmi-led election government has repeatedly called the disgruntled parties, including the CPN-Maoist, to sit for talks with the aim of joining the election process.

Baidya and other two dozen opposition parties have been asking for an election government led by political parties instead of the present chief justice led government.

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First Published: Fri, August 02 2013. 20:25 IST