CPN-Maoist cadres seize laptop used for collecting voters’ name
PALPA, March 24: Cadres of the CPN-Maoist on Sunday seized a laptop belonging to Election Office used for collecting voters´ list with photographs. The cadres have been absconding after seizing a laptop used by the District Election Office, Palpa, for collecting voters´ list. Some 10 cadres confiscated the laptop from the Registration Centre at Fek VDC in the district, said Shivaraj Aryal, official at the District Election Office. A team with two police personnel under the leadership of Sundar Pandey of the Office was deployed in the centre.
Voters´ list with photographs collecting work was also disrupted at Argali in the district, it is learnt. Employees and police personnel have been assigned at eight VDCs in the district for the same. The CPN-Maoist on Saturday had urged to stop collecting voters´ list with photographs.Security has been tightened after the incident.
Maoist workers union submits memo to Chairman Regmi
KATHMANDU: The Revolutionary Trade Union Federation of the CPN-Maoist has submitted memorandum to Chairman of the Interim Election Council (IEC), Khil Raj Regmi, demanding that the proportional representation of the workers should be ensured in all state bodies. A delegation led by coordinator of the Federation, Ramdeep Acharya, submitted 25-point memorandum to IEC Chairman Regmi at his office, today.
The government is serious towards the workers’ problems and that the government would draw attention of the concerned bodies to the demands, coordinator of the All Nepal Press and Communication Workers, Janmadev Jaisi, quoted Regmi as saying.
CPN-Maoist affiliated unions to shut DAV school
KATHMANDU,March 23: Teacher´s and student´s unions affiliated to CPN-Maoist have announced to forcefully shutdown Jawalakhel-based DAV Sushil Kedia Vishwa Bharati School from the new academic session. Issuing a joint statement on Saturday, the unions have asked the guardians not to admit their children in the school, which, they have accused, uses textbooks that undermine the national sovereignty.
The agitating unions have said that they were compelled to step in after the government failed to take any action against the school. “We urge the guardians to not to send their children to the school which has defied the government order to remove textbooks that mention that Lord Buddha was born in India and that Mount Everest is located in India,” said Gun Raj Lohani, chairman of All Nepal Teachers´ Union (ANTU). The ANTU has been protesting against the school after it fired two teachers Sagar Thapa and Santosh Jha in September accusing them of conspiring against the school administration.
The DAV school administration has also fired more teachers for expressing solidarity with the ANTU protest programs in the past few months. The school has refused to reinstate the teachers despite an order of the District Education Office Lalitpur to do so.
Chand challenges state to deploy army
HETAUDA: CPN-Maoist Secretary Netra Bikram Chand today warned that his party will not allow the chief justice-led interim election council to hold Constituent Assembly elections. Addressing an interaction in Hetauda, Maoist leader Chand challenged the Chief Justice Khila Raj Regmi-led government to conduct elections by deploying the Nepali Army.
Coming down heavily on the four major political parties, Chand called on them to come up with a solution that is acceptable to all political forces in the country. Stating that the CJ-led dispensation is unacceptable to his party, Chand suggested a roundtable conference for the formation of a consensus government under a political leader. He expressed confidence that such a government will offer a way out to the country.
CPN-Maoist threatens election office in Nawalparasi
PARASI: CPN-Maoist, Nawalparasi on Sunday demanded that the district election office halt the campaign to collect the voters’ list with photo which was started from Saturday. CPN-Maoist, a breakaway faction of the UCPN-M has demanded a halt to the campaign citing the forthcoming election as unconstitutional which is due to be held by the Chief Justice-led government which was formed sans national consensus.
CPN-M further warned that they would go for stringent protest if the concerned authority did not heed their demand. Despite their frequent appeals to halt the ongoing campaign to collect the voters’ list with photo, the district election office has deployed their office bearers with the voters’ list in some of the VDCs in the village which was demeaning to his party, CPN-M district in charge Ashok Lamsal Anakul said, demanding to stop the drive forthwith.
Anakul warned that if the campaign which was started despite their dissatisfaction is not deferred immediately then he would deploy his cadres in different parts of the village to create obstruction in the process. He further clarified that election office should take the responsibility of the loss. The drive has been started in 73 districts and one municipality from Saturday and said to conclude on April 19.
Poll boycott part of Baidya Maoists’ election campaign: Pun
DANG, March 24: UCPN (Maoist) leader and former finance minister Barshaman Pun said the CPN-Maoist’s recent announcement that it would boycott the elections is just a tactics to make its presence felt in the public. Speaking at a press meet in Ghorahi on Sunday, Pun said the boycott announcement is nothing but part of the party’s election campaign and added that the party is certainly going to take part in upcoming elections. Pun further said the CPN-Maoist should starting thinking about co-working with the mother party UCPN (Maoist) to secure good results in the elections. “Their collaboration with us will only ensure their existence.” Stating that the country has now fully embraced for new Constituent Assembly elections, Pun expressed his confidence that the new elections will be held before mid June.
33 party front outlines 10 day protest program
KATHMANDU: 33 political parties including the CPN-Maoist on Sunday chalked out a 10-day protest programme including protest assemblies and nation-wide shutdown among others. A meeting of 33 political parties agitating against the major four forces’ agreement to form Chief Justice-led election government held at the CPN-M headquarters this afternoon, unveiled the protest programmes from March 28 to April 7. According to the protest plan, they are scheduled to organise corner assembles at main cities across the nation including the Capital on March 28, protest assemblies on April 1 and enforce nation-wide shutdown on April 7.