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Last Updated: Fri, 05.10.12 19:14

Removal of Maoist- led govt a must to end political impasse: UML chair Khanal

The CPN-UML chairman Jhala Nath Khanal has said that removal of the UCPN-Maoist led coalition government was essential to end current political deadlock facing the country. Khanal also said that his party would take lead in anti-government 'movement'.

UML dissident leaders at a programme organised to formally announce their exit from the UML in Kathmandu on Friday, 05 Oct 2012. nepalnews.com/ANA
UML dissident leaders at a programme organised to formally announce their exit...

Addressing a show of strength organised by the party at Khula Manch (Open Air Theater) in Kathmandu on Friday, Khanal dismissed possibility of consensus until Prime Minister Baburam Bhattarai steps down.

"Now our party will lead anti-government movement," he said.

"Huge presence of people in today's show of strength proves that the UML has strong public support," he said adding that the UML would emerge as the largest party in future.

Saying that the federalism based on multiethnic identity was the official position of his party, he claimed that a few leaders quitting the party would not affect an entire party organisation. His remarks were targeted towards some janajati and madhesi leaders of the UML who resigned on Thursday accusing the party of not acknowledging identity of ethnic community.

The UML organised show of strength in the capital as well as other parts of the country to exert pressure on PM Bhattarai to step down.

Earlier, various sister wings of the party took out rallies from various places which converted into mass meeting at Khulamanch. nepalnews.com