Baidhya warns of bloodshed over CJ as PM
DHARAN: Chairman of the CPN-Maoist Mohan Baidhya on Sunday warned of bloodshed in the nation if the Chief Justice is appointed as the prime minister. Chairman Baidhya was addressing cadres at a training session of the party in Dharan of Sunsari.
On the occasion, he said that his party will not accept the proposal floated by four forces to appoint Chief Justice as the prime minister as they have already turned impotent. Saying that the UCPN-Maoist Chairman Pushpa Kamal Dahal and Prime Minister Baburam Bhattarai floated the proposal to constitute CJ-led election government under the directions of foreign centers.
“They are the agents of foreign powers, and NC and UML who have given nod to the proposal are also directed by foreign powers. We will launch strong protests to safeguard national integrity,” he said. He further blamed the four forces of bringing the parliamentarian system to an end by proposing CJ-led government, and the proposal was brought with an ill-intention to damage judiciary. He went on to blame UCPN-Maoist Chairman Dahal and Prime Minister Bhattarai for the CA demise.
On the occasion, he urged Chief Justice Khil Raj Regmi not to be directed by the four parties. “We have to make President Dr Ram Baran Yadav aware that CJ-led government will bring negative results. If our view is not addressed, it will bring wrong result,” he warned.
Baidya, fringe Maoist parties reject CJ-led govt
KATHMANDU, Feb 17: Four leftist political parties including the Mohan Baidya-led CPN-Maoist held protest rallies in the country´s major cities including the capital on Sunday against the preparations by the major parties to appoint the chief justice as the head of the government for holding new elections. CPN-Maoist leaders said the parties´ move is guided by foreign powers.
Addressing the rallies, CPN-Maoist leaders said they reject the parties´ plan and threatened stringent protests if the chief justice is appointed as the head of the government. The leaders said a roundtable of the political parties should find a solution to break the current political impasse and that the “syndicate of the four major parties — UCPN (Maoist), Nepali Congress. CPN-UML and United Democratic Madhesi Front” has no authority to make such a whimsical decision under the pretext of breaking the impasse.
Baidya led CPN-Maoist, Ram Singh Shreesha led CPN-Unified, Mani Thapa-led Revolutionary Communist Party and Matrika Yadav-led CPN (Maoist) participated in the rallies across the country.
Addressing the rally at the capital, CPN-Maoist spokesperson Pampha Bhushal said, “The parties on cue from their foreign masters are preparing to appoint the chief justice as the head of the government and our party will launch strong protest against such anti-national move,” said Bhusal.
Similarly, CPN-Maoist Coordinator Matrika Yadav said the decision of the big four parties was unconstitutional as “the same person could not lead both the executive and the judiciary”.
General Secretary of the Revolutionary Communist Party Mani Thapa warned of launching the ´third janaandolan´ if the major parties did not drop their plan.
Similarly, talking with journalist at Dharan, CPN-Maoist Chairman Mohan Baidya said the major parties by agreeing to appoint the chief justice as the head of the govenrment are introducing a party-less political system in the country.
“Pushpa Kamal Dahal on cue from his Indian masters proposed to make the chief justice as the head of government and the Nepali Congress and the CPN-UML are forced to accept the proposal because it originated in India.”
He also said the agreement among the major parties is against the principle of separation of powers. “It will damage the judiciary as well,” added Baidya. He said only a roundtable can give legitimate solution to the current impasse and the president should immediately call such roundtable.
He said his party´s street protest will be focus on saving national sovereignty and the issue of livelihoods of the people.
Political parties have become valueless: Thapa
BANKE, FEB 17 – CPN-Maoist General Secretary Ram Bahadur Thapa has said that the importance of the political parties has finished as the major parties have agreed to form an election government under the leadership of chief justice.
Addressing a program at Khajura of Banke district on Sunday, Thapa said that the agreement is a conspiracy. “Forming a chief justice-led government is unconstitutional. The major parties have betrayed the people again,” said Thapa.
Thapa further accused the major party leaders of making agreements for the sake of staying in power. “The decision is unconstitutional and affected by foreign forces. The parties have ended their own importance by agreeing to it,” said Thapa.
Claiming that the decision would worsen the political situation of the nation, Thapa said that the parties are pushing the nation towards political mire rather than solving the deadlocks. “The decision has elated political instability,” said Thapa.
Crackdown on roadside stalls in Pokhara
The move follows after the Pokhara Sub Metropolitan Office and police have repeatedly announced to clear the road but in vain. Yesterday, the District Administration Office, Kaski, has cleared the road under the local Administrative Act 1972.
Earlier, the local administration and municipality had agreed to jointly clear the road, but it came as complete surprise to the municipality staff when they noticed that the police had removed the goods from the roadside.
On Sunday morning, shop operators were equally staggered after they did not find their respective stalls. They were running the footpath shops in Prithivi Chowk of Pokhara, Chipledhunga, Old Bus Park, Mahendrapul, Bagar and many other places of Pokhara since many years.
Many entrepreneurs had sold the well-established shops and came to the footpath to run their shops as they did not have to pay any rent and tax. The footpath shops were making a brisk business of Rs 50,000 to Rs 4, 00,000 daily. The operators today protested as the administration and police had dismantled their shops without any prior information. They attempted to close Pokhara Bazaar, but could not. Police arrested 28 female and 20 male protesters as they were burning tyres and halting vehicular movement in the Lake City, said Inspector Rabindra Nath Paudel of the District Police Office, Kaski.
Police chased the agitators, when the latter went to gherao the municipality office. More than 300 Nepal police and Armed Police Force personnel were deployed to clear the road yesterday night at 10 PM.
Chief District Office, Kaski, Yadav Prasad Koirala said, “Footpath shops have been removed as pedestrians were finding it difficult to walk freely.” Earlier, the security was withdrawn due to some political pressure.
Pokhara Industry and Commerce Association welcomed the step taken by the administration. According to Narayan Koirala, general secretary of the association, different unions have agreed not to support the agitators.
Meanwhile, the Unified CPN-Maoist and CPN-Maoist cadres today protested against the step taken by the administration.
The Nepal Teachers´ Union, All Nepal National Independent Students´ Union-Revolutionary (ANNISU-R) close to CPN-Maoist jointly enforced the padlock claiming that the office was reluctant to ask DAV Sushil Kedia Bishwa Bharati Higher Secondary School to reinstate the three teachers dismissed by the institution some months ago.
“The DAV has been acting in a defiant manner and so is the government,” said Gun Raj Lohani, chairman of the teacher´s union, adding, “DEO had assured us that it would solve the issue by February 13. We are compelled to take this step after it didn´t live up to the promise.”
The agitators have also been accusing the school of using textbooks that undermine Nepal´s sovereignty. ANNISU-R on February 10 had enforced shutdown in 324 private and 198 community schools to press for their demands.
DAV had fired two teachers, Sagar Thapa and Santosh Jha, in September accusing them of conspiring against the school administration. Similarly, another teacher Rajendra Manandhar was also fired later.
Meanwhile, District Education Officer of Lalitpur, Mankaji Shrestha informed that various rounds of talks between the two sides remained fruitless. The DEO had earlier sent a letter to the school asking it to reinstate the teachers. The government authority has been expressing its helplessness on the issue as the National Vigilance Center and the Department of Education have formed a committee to decide on the future of the school and the students enrolled there.
Shrestha mentioned that the office would take help of District Administration Office (DAO) if the protesting students and teachers did not unlock the DEO by Sunday.