Opening the first national conference of the Young Communist League, the controversial youth wing of the party in Kathmandu on Sunday, Unified CPN Maoist chairman Pushpa Kamal Dahal 'Prachanda' claimed that the CPN-M leaders had become a puppet of foreign powers by not participating in the polls.

"It would be betrayal to 16,000 people, who have sacrificed their lives for the Constituent Assembly elections, to boycott the polls," Prachanda said.

The breakaway Maoist faction-led by hardliner leader Mohan Vaidya has announced that they would boycott the elections as their two key demands, resignation by head of the government Khil Raj Regmi and differing the election date were not addressed by the major political parties.

He said he was taken by surprise by the decision of the CPN-Maoist to boycott the polls slated for November 19, for which thousands of people have sacrificed their lives. "More than 15,000 people have sacrificed their lives for CA. How can they forget such a huge sacrifice?" Prachanda asked.

He also blamed the Madhes-based parties for the failure of his party-led government in the past, claiming that his party was forced "to maintain ties with the corrupt parties".

(Agencies)

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