Nepal parties seek new Govt before SAARC Summit
A day after the Cabinet gave the green signal to caretaker Prime
Minister G P Koirala to represent the country at the SAARC Summit, the
Communist Party of Nepal-Unified Marxist Leninist (UML) on Tuesday
joined the Maoists in pressuring the veteran Nepali Congress leader not
to attend the regional meet. The Maoists have already protested over the
decision and demanded that a new Government be formed before the Colombo
meet scheduled for August 2-3.
UML chief Jhalanath Khanal on Tuesday said the presence of the leader
of a caretaker government at the SAARC meet would be inappropriate as it
may derail Nepal's tradition of sending a consensus government to the
regional meeting. Both the Communist parties wanted the ceremonial
President to attend the regional conference.
Angered over the Cabinet decision, Maoist chief Prachanda had
yesterday met Sri Lankan Ambassador to Nepal Sumith Nakanda and
expressed the party's dissatisfaction over Koirala attending the meet
and termed his participation as "illegitimate". Prachanda also asked the
Sri Lankan envoy to convey to Colombo the Maoists objection to a
caretaker Prime Minister attending the meet.
In an attempt to diffuse the dissent, Koirala today met former UML
chief Madhav Kumar Nepal and sought his backing for the visit. Senior
Maoist leader C P Gajurel had said that either a new government should
be formed before the SAARC summit or the meet should be postponed.