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Nepal Maoists preparing for revolt: PM

Kathmandu: Prime Minister Madhav Nepal has accused the Maoists of "preparing for a revolt" as the UN agency monitoring the peace process since 2007 prepares to exit from the country, amid a political deadlock over the formation of a new government.

Prime Minister Nepal, who is leading a caretaker government, said that the main opposition UCPN-Maoist is "preparing for a revolt" and derail democracy in the country.

The Maoists are trying to establish "authoritarian (system) of proletarian class" and trap democracy, he was quoted as saying by Rastriya Samachar Samiti (RSS), the state-run news agency reported.

The recently concluded central committee meeting of the United Communist Party of Nepal-Maoist (UCPN-Maoist), the single largest party, had endorsed a political document calling for "people`s revolt" to establish "people`s rule".

Days ahead of the exit of the UN agency which has been monitoring Nepal`s peace process since 2007, UNMIN chief Karin Landgren warned that there was a real risk to the reconciliation effort, amid fears of a new Maoists` revolt in the country.

She cited fears among many Nepalese about the prospect of a people`s revolt, which remained an explicit Maoist threat.

There were also fears of President Ram Baran Yadav stepping in, as recently called for by the Vice-President, should the parties fail to find a way forward, or of an army-backed coup, she told the UNSC last week.

Landgren`s comment has sparked a row in Nepal, with the government describing her comments as "wild".

More than six months after the 22-party coalition led by Prime Minister Nepal collapsed, 16 rounds of Parliament vote has failed to elect a new leader.

Nepal will hold the crucial election for a new leader on January 12, amid stepped up consultation among the political parties to end the deadlock over the formation of a government.

The 17th prime ministerial run-off is likely to take place on January 12, party sources said.

According to a report in The Himalayan Times online, the premier, speaking in the northwestern tourist town of Pokhara ruled out any association with a Maoist-led government till the former rebels do not surrender their weapons and integrate the former guerrillas with the security forces.

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