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Faith in Maoists



Why do you threaten to quit the government?
It's not just a threat. I participated in the government in accordance with the 12- and eight-point agreements, and I'm responsible for protests against efforts to jeopardise these agreements. However, I raise my voice in the streets, not inside parliament.

What about the 25-point code of conduct?
I remind the Maoists about it frequently. But it's not just the Maoists' fault. They need to feed their army. What has the government given them so far? They used to get food in the villages and get money by looting banks, but they no longer do this. My point is, while both sides should be following the code of conduct, I have more faith in the Maoists.

What about the PM's suggestion to give the king (parliamentary) space?
The prime minister is very busy, but he gets swept away by other people's opinions and makes such bald statements. We're all steered by the eight-point agreement. I still have a lot of confidence in him. I am a Koirala supporter.

Is there a conspiracy to stop the constituent assembly elections?
A very small group is trying to, but they aren't strong enough to halt the people's aspirations. This government was formed by the people and is the result of their sacrifice. Previously the Maoists demanded a republic, but now they want the elections to resolve all issues.

Are you having an 'affair' with the Maoists?
We have a good relationship. I am very close to them on strategic issues and principles.

Is there a power struggle with Deputy PM KP Oli?
I am not responsible. There is no personal conflict between us. When the PM left for Bangkok he handed over his responsibilities to me. The only thing I did was summon the defence minister to ask about the statement released by the Nepal Army.

I insisted that martyrs be a priority. My ethics disallowed me from attending parliament when Oli presented the government's policies as it was insulting to the sentiments of the Jana Andolan.

Why didn't you wear national dress during the swearing in?
I believe one should enjoy one's personal freedom the way it makes one happy. Besides, daura suruwal was first an ethnic dress and became national only later.



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