Prachanda Maoists conceded own goal through match-fixing, says UML leader Shankar Pokharel


Kathmandu, July 12

A CPN-UML leader has accused the CPN-Maoist Centre of ‘conceding a suicide goal’ through match-fixing by withdrawing support to the KP Sharma Oli-led government.

UML leader Shankar Pokharel made this remark amid the Maoist party’s preparations to form a majority government with the Nepali Congress.

Pokharel, a UML standing committee member, told Onlinekhabar on Tuesday: The Maoist party tried to topple a government while remaining a part of it. The Maoist party has resorted to match-fixing for petty gains.

For its benefit, the Maoist party has brought to a halt a journey that began with signing of the 16-point agreement, Pokharel alleged.

He said: The Maoist party should have made efforts to form a new government only after quitting the government of which it was a part. It did not do so and resorted to match-fixing instead.

Pokharel added: National independence should not suffer amid attempts to form a new government. The KP Oli government stood in favour of Nepal instead of following India’s diktats.

He said a situation may come in which next government may choose to follow such diktats.

Efforts to topple the Oli government come at a time when it is doing a good job, Pokharel said, adding: The incumbent PM will not resign, he will face the Parliament instead.

The Congress and the Maoist party do not command a majority, he said, adding that they were ready to face a no-confidence motion.

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