Former Nepal prime minister and top Maoist leader Baburam Bhattarai resigned as lawmaker amid differences with the major Nepalese political parties over the promulgation of new Constitution.
Bhattarai repeatedly criticized UCPN (Maoist) Chairman Pushpa Kamal Dahal “Prachanda” for his leadership during the press conference.
He further said that he would remain in politics independently.
“There is no option of returning to a house you have left, an old house, a damaged house”, Bhattarai said, announcing his resignation from Nepal’s national parliament as well.
Bhattarai announced that he would lobby for “progressive nationalism” and fight against “fake nationalism”.
A meeting of the party’s Standing Committee at party Chairman Pushpa Kamal Dahal’s residence at Lazimpat on Sunday also decided to urge its deserted leader Bhattarai to reconsider his decision.
Claiming that India has imposed an unannounced blockade on Nepal, the former premier also asked the government to take diplomatic initiatives to solve the issue at the earliest.
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At least 40 people have died in over a month of clashes between police and protesters from the Madhesi and Tharu communities and ethnic minorities who say the new internal borders leave them under-represented in the country’s Parliament. “But implementation of the Constitution is a big thing”, he added, pointing out the need for bringing the agitating Madhesi parties on board the main political course.