Deadlock continues in Nepal between Maoists and others

     The meeting between the Nepal Government and the Maoists to end the ongoing deadlock ended inconclusively as Maoists stuck to their demand on passing a resolution against President Ram Baran Yadav. The meeting took place between the CPN (UML), the Nepali Congress and the Unified CPN (Maoist) in Singha Durbar on Tuesday. Meeting was called by Nepal Prime Minister Madhav Kumar Nepal after it was decided in a cabinet meeting on Tuesday to adopt flexibility on the Maoist demands and initiate talks with them. But the talks failed as the Maoists stood firm on their demand of allowing resolution motion against President Ram Baran Yadav. "Steps taken by the President are unconstitutional. He has violated civil supremacy. We have been demanding that civil supremacy should be established. The government clearly seem to be siding with the President, so there is no possibility of any negotiation between the two parties," said Baburam Bhattarai, Vice Chairman and senior leader, Unified CPN (Maoist). According to President Ram Baran Yadav's political advisor Raghuji Pant, some of the leaders proposed the Maoists to bring either a vote of no confidence against the government or an impeachment proposal against the President as an alternative to discuss the resolution motion filed by the Maoists, to which they disagreed. "Concerned over the political deadlock, the Prime Minister was apprehensive that it would create further problems and hinder the process of constitution building. People, too have started questioning the way the political parties are handling the issue. The Prime Minister has appealed all the three political parties to end the impasse to maintain people's faith in the democracy," said Pant. The Maoists are agitating against President Ram Baran Yadav's move to overrule Maoist government's decision to sack the head of the army---Rookmangud Katawal, which the Maoists say was unconstitutional. The Army Chief in question has since then retired, but the Maoists are adamant and have been staging nationwide protests till the President apologises for his move.

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