Prachanda’s Maoist party rolled back its decision to quit govt immediately

Vastavam web: Nepal’s former prime minster Prachanda’s Maoist party on Tuesday rolled back its decision to quit the Deuba government, days after forging a Leftist alliance with main opposition CPN-UML to fight the next general elections.CPN (Maoist Centre) leader and Home Minister Janardan Sharma said that his party will not exit from the government immediately after knowing that “Prime Minister Sher Bahadur Deuba is in a mood to postpone the parliamentary and provincial elections”, local media reported.

A Parliamentary Party meet of the Maoist Centre was convened at party central office in Paris Danda to make the decision to quit government.

The minister told media that they received a “secret information” from the Election Commission (EC) about the government’s plan to postpone the elections when the Maoist ministers were preparing to sign the mass resignation.

Earlier in the day, the CPN (Maoist Centre) had decided to pull out of government following a meeting between Maoist Chairman Prachanda and Prime Minister Deuba.”As the prime minister has urged our party to quit government, we will soon issue a press statement with the decision to quit government,? CPN (Maoist Centre) spokesperson Pampha Bhusal had said earlier in the day.The CPN (Maoist Centre) came under moral pressure to quit the government after Deuba expanded Cabinet inducting eight ministers from Rastriya Prajatantra Party.

CPN (Maoist Centre) on October 3 announced an alliance with the country’s largest communist bloc CPN-UML, ahead of the general and provincial elections. The elections are seen as the final step in the Himalayan nation’s post-war transition to a federal democracy.Prachanda had said that the decision to forge an alliance with the UML was a result of “extreme pressure and compulsion”.The Maoists have dominated Nepal’s politics for more than 20 years after waging a decade-long insurgency against government forces that claimed more than 16,000 lives.

The 240-year-old Hindu monarchy was abolished two years later. General elections next month is being seen as the final step in the country’s post-war transition to a federal democracy.The country recently concluded local-level elections in two decades.