Deuba dares PM to meet CPN-Maoist’s demands

DHULIKHEL: Nepali Congress senior leader Sher Bahadur Deuba today said that Prime Minister Baburam Bhattarai would not be able to fulfill even a single demand of the 70-point charter of demand submitted to him by Mohan Baidhya-led CPN-Maoist.

Inaugurating a programme organised by the Nepal Tarun Dal in Banepa, Deuba said he was pretty sure that Bhattarai would not be able to address even a single demand put forth by the CPN-Maoist.

Yesterday, CPN-Maoist Vice-chairman CP Gajurel had submitted 70-point demand to the Prime Minister that included many of the 40-point demand which Bhattarai himself submitted to then prime minister Sher Bahadur Deuba 17 years ago.

Recalling that Bhattarai had submitted similar demand to the government under his leadership, NC leader challenged the Prime Minister to meet CPN-Maoist’s demands.

Coming down heavily Bhattarai, Deuba flayed the incumbent government for sticking to power even at the cost of national issues.

Offering solution to the country, Deuba suggested that parties must forge consensus and revive the Constituent Assembly to give a way out to the nation from the political imbroglio facing the country.

He called for Prime Minister’s resignation to give a way out to the country.

On his part Arjun Nursingh KC, Nepali Congress central leader, said that his party was committed to safeguarding the democracy in the country.

Noting that the UCPN-Maoist and royalists were deeming the NC as their foes, KC went on to say the Congress would continue to stay in the hearts and minds of the people as a formidable democratic force forever. He called on the party rank and file to strive to keep party unity intact and stronger. He urged the activists to support party’s ideology as a whole and not as individual’s.

On a different note, KC accused the UCPN-Maoist leaders of amassing the wealth from the state coffers. On federalism, he reiterated that single ethnicity-based federal set up would not be acceptable to his party.

Address 70-point charter: Khandel

Sarlahi : CPN-Maoist politburo member Haribhakta Kandel today warned that his party would launch a mass movement if the government did not fulfill its 70-point demands.

Speaking at a press meet organised by the party in Lalbandi, Sarlahi, Kandel said if the demands are not met, CPN-M will take up arms.

He further said the government should not have any difficulty fulfilling their demands if it was committed to the people. He said that a round-table conference was the only way to solve the present political deadlock in the country.

UCPN-Maoist chief Pushpa Kamal Dahal and Prime Minister Baburam Bhattarai are responsible for pushing the country into crisis, he held.

Kandel further alleged that both the CPN-UML and Nepali Congress were behind the
failure of the Constituent Assembly. He made it clear that there was no possibility that his party would merge with UCPN-M.
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