Prime Minister Pushpa Kamal Dahal Prachanda on Monday said his government will continue in power claiming that there was no political alternative in sight. This came a day after Nepali Congress chief and former PM G P Koirala initiated a determined effort to dislodge the government.
Dahal made the observation in eastern Nepals Panchthar district,at a function organised by the Maoist Party-affiliated Limbuan State Council that demands creation of provinces on the basis of ethnic composition. Defence Minister Ram Bahadur Thapa Badal went a step ahead and accused that the Koirala-led initiative was being inspired and backed by the foreign forces although he refused to name them. He also said that the army,which had refused to obey his instruction to stop recruitment process against the normal vacancies,was being instigated by the foreign forces.
But initiative taken by Koirala got a shot in its arm on Monday. Subhash Nembang,Speaker of the Constituent Assembly and leader of the Communist Party of Nepal-Unified Marxist-Leninist and a prominent ally of the government,accused the Maoists of going the kings way. This government wants to rule through ordinance in the same manner the king tried, he said,hinting that the Maoist-led government faces a tough time ahead.
In a separate development,unidentified gunmen opened fire and seriously wounded a top aide of Prachanda,Shakti Bahadur Basnet,late on Monday. PTI reported that the men opened fire at Basnet,a senior Maoist leader who had also accompanied Prachanda to Panchthar,as he was entering his home in Kathmandu. No group has yet claimed responsibility for the attack.