Maoists greatest challenge to peace and democracy in Nepal: Pradeep Gyawali

United Marxist-Leninist (UML) Pradeep Gyawalik, talking to BBC Nepali Service on Monday, has characterized Nepal’s Maoists as the greatest challenge to the country’s democracy and peace. He categorically accused Maoists of becoming the only source of all kinds of problems in Nepal.

Maoists, after having entered the mainstream peace process in 2006, emerged as the largest political force through the Constituent Assembly elections held on 10 April 2008. However, the party now faces exclusion from power.

Leaders of UML have been campaigning nationwide campaigns against former Maoist rebels now in UN-monitored peace cantonments where their arms have been deposited under international supervision.

Maoists have been staging protests for seven months against their exclusion from power though they won the the majority of seats in the country.