Nepal: Ruling parties urge Maoists to withdraw agitation

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Ten political parties in the government including Nepali Congress, CPN (UML) and Madhesi Janadhikar Forum-Loktantrik have urged the agitating Unified CPN (Maoist) to withdraw its agitation including the general strike on December 20, 21 and 22 and the declaration of federal states.

Leaders of ten political parties backing the government met at Prime Minister's official residence, Baluwatar, Sunday evening and urged the Maoists to withdraw all protest programmes saying such programmes would obstruct timely constitution making and conclusion of the peace process.

According to a press statement issued by the PM's press advisor Bishnu Rijal, the parties have concluded, recent Maoist activities such as declaration of federal states, seizure of private land and encroachment of forest area and assault on people with differing views is against the Comprehensive Peace Agreement (CPA) and had pushed the nation towards a critical point.

The ruling parties' call came on the same day when the Maoists declared two autonomous federal states - Seti-Mahakali and Tharuwan- in the west. Earlier, they had declared two such states - Limbuwan and Kochila- in the east.

The UCPN (Maoist) are agitating against an incident in May when the President overruled their government's decision to sack the then army chief. They are demanding the President's move be discussed in the parliament or be officially termed unconstitutional in one or the other way.

The ten political parties have urged the Maoists to solve the issue peacefully through talks, consensus and understanding with other political parties.