Nepal PM condemns Lalitpur church bomb blast

May 24th, 2009 - 2:52 pm ICT by ANI  

Kathmandu, May 24 (ANI): Newly elected Nepal Prime Minister Madhav Kumar on Sunday condemned Saturday’s bomb blast at the Church of Assumption of Dhobighat in Lalitpur in which two persons were killed.

Kumar visited the blast site on Sunday, and condemned it, saying the incident was targeted at creating religious tension in the region.

He called on people of the country to maintain communal harmony, and said that such incidents could hinder the peace process.

Meanwhile, an underground Hindu outfit has claimed responsibility for the fatal strike.

The blast almost coincided with Madhav Kumar being elected Prime Minister on Saturday.Earlier, Kumar, a UML (Unified Marxist Leninist) nominee, was chosen ‘unopposed’ as the new Prime Minister of Nepal during a legislature-parliamentary session of the Constituent Assembly (CA).

He enjoys the support of 22 other parties.

Fifty six-year-old Madhav, an alumni of Bihar’s Goenka College, received the support of around 360 legislators of 22 political parties, excluding 238 legislators from Maoists and two from the Communist Party of Nepal (United).

The Unified CPN (Maoist) that stepped down from the government stayed away from election procedure, and said they would boycott the new government.

Madhav Kumar Nepal was the Deputy Prime Minister in the Nepalese government during the CPN (UML) minority government as well as the leader of the opposition in the National Assembly.

Besides, Madhav campaigned for the solution of Nepal Civil War through talks and did not believe that mobilization of the army was the solution. (ANI)

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