KATHMANDU, Feb 18: At a time when the major political parties are working to form a govenrment with the chief justice as head to hold new elections, CPN-Maoist Secretary Dev Gurung has stressed the need for forming a consensus government led by a political leader.
Addressing a rally organized by the party in Kathmandu on the eve of its general shutdown called for Tuesday, Gurung said installing the chief justice as head of the government would be "a naked interference by the imperialist and expansionist forces in Nepal´s affairs".
He also appealed to the people to support the protest launched by his party against the parties´ attempt to make the chief justice as head of government. He said people should support the general shutdown to save national sovereignty.
"The proposal of the CJ led election government is naked interference of the imperialist and expansionist forces. We reject the proposal outright," said Gurung. He claimed that his party´s protest programs concern national identity and people´s livelihoods.
Maoist rally in the capital. (Photo: Republica)
"The current political deadlock should be broken by forming a national consensus government of political parties. Nationalist forces should come to a meeting point," said Gurung. He also alleged that the major parties including the UCPN (Maoist), Nepali Congress, CPN-UML and the United Democratic Madhesi Front are on an anti-national course on cue from their foreign masters.
CPN-Maoist has called general shutdown demanding scrapping of all cases of the insurgency-era involving the Maoist cadres including the Dekendra Thapa murder case.
The party has also demanded immediate release of its cadres who are in jail. Cadres of ruling UCPN (Maoist) and CPN-Maoist have been arrested in the Thapa murder case.
Issuing a press statement on Monday, the party has also appealed to the general public to close the market places, factories, educational institutions and transport services.
The party has said press vehicles, ambulances, hospital vehicles, Red Cross vehicles, hearse, vehicles of human rights groups and diplomatic missions and wedding parties can move freely.