CPN-Maoist protests omission from party talks

KATHMANDU, Dec 1: Expressing serious objection over President Ram Baran Yadav not including the CPN-Maoist in the meetings of major political parties, the breakaway Maoist party on Friday warned that it would not accept any decision that the UCPN (Maoist), Nepali Congress (NC) and CPN (UML) and United Democratic Madhesi Front (UDMF) take without the involvement of the CPN-Maoist.

The party also asked the president the reason for such omission and alleged that he was harboring suspicions against it. At a meeting with the president at Shital Niwas, the CPN-Maoist said they would protest if the president continued to overlook that party. President Yadav had not called the CPN-Maoist to the meeting at Shital Niwas on Thursday. He called the UCPN (Maoist), NC, UML and UDMF and extended by a week the deadline for picking a consensus prime minister. “We asked the president where was our space? Our party claims the post of prime minister. We had 91 lawmakers in the dissolved Constituent Assembly (CA). We clearly informed him that we would not accept any decision of the so-called major parties,” Pampha Bhusal, party spokesperson, told Republica.

“We expressed serious objection to the neglect of our party which is playing a decisive role with a clear political agenda,”Vice-chairman CP Gajurel told media, emerging from the Shital Niwas meeting. “We said that at least the parties which were in the dissolved CA should have participated in the meeting,” said Bhusal. The CPN-Maoist submitted to the president on Friday the list of its 91 lawmakers in the dissolved CA. There is no criteria except strength in the dissolved CA, and the president called in Madhesi parties with fewer than 30 CA seats, it was pointed out. CPN-Maoist leaders informed the president that they would go for protest in the streets if the president endorsed the decisions of just the three major parties in the name of political consensus. “We do not accept any agreement of the so-called three major parties. We will go for street protests,” added Bhusal.

According to her, the constitutional and political crisis is the result of failure on the part of the UCPN(Maoist), NC, UML and UDMF and there was no point extending the deadline for consensus. “The parties would not find a solution even if they had weeks more. If they object to the title of the all party round tabletable that we proposed, we can use some other name,” said Bhusal. “A solution can materialize only through another agreement like the 12-point one,” she said. The CPN-Maoist has flouted the proposal for a roundtable of all parties, stakeholders and regional and social forces.

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