CPN-Maoist turns down govt invitation for talks
KATHMANDU, APR 21 – The CPN-Maoist led by Mohan Baidya has decided not to sit for talks with the government. The party made it clear that they would not come to the negotiating table to discuss elections saying that the current government was formed unconstitutionally. “It is meaningless to hold dialogue regarding the elections to be conducted by the unconstitutional government.
We want to inform about our inability to sit for such talks,” said a statement issued by CPN-Maoist Chairman Mohan Baidya. On April 16, the government had invited the disgruntled parties including the CPN-Maoist to hold talks on elections. The CPN-Maoist has been demanding the formation of a government led by the political parties by removing the current Interim Cabinet led by Chief Justice Khil Raj Regmi.
CPN-Maoist calls for review of all hydropower schemes
KATHMANDU: Mohan Baidhya-led CPN-Maoist today expressed serious reservations over the six major political parties’ pledge to support the ongoing hydropower projects in the country. The reaction comes 10 days after the parties made a commitment to develop hydropower.
Issuing a press release, CPN-Maoist’s department of water resources and energy indirectly expressed differing views in ‘not to obstruct any hydro projects construction’ saying that all projects are not equal, against the nation and welfare of the people. While taking a backseat, the party said it is not that they do not support the hydro project development as other six parties did, rather they are choosy in supporting hydro projects as all projects are not in favour of Nepalis.
Leaders of six major political parties — the Unified CPN-Maoist, Nepali Congress, CPN-UML, Madhesi Janaadhikar Forum-Nepal, Rastriya Janashakti Party and Madhesi Janaadhikar Forum-Democratic — and the Chairman of the interim ele-ction government Khil Raj Regmi signed a commitment paper, pledging not to disturb hydropower developm-ent in country on April 11. Federation of Nepalese Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FNCCI) had sought all parties’ commitment to help build the ailing hydro sector as the developers are wary of frequent obstruction in the project.
“The FNCCI has been lobbying for a common minimum economic agenda, including hydropower, for the development of the country,” said FNCCI President Suraj Vaidya, during the inaugural session, adding, “It is high time all political parties came to a certain understanding on ways to end the everlasting transition and steer the nation towards the path of accelerated growth.”
Except the CPN-Maoist party, all four major and some fringe parties had expressed their solidarity not to create hurdle in the hydro sector during the 47th annual General Meeting of FNCCI. The party has reiterated its resistance on various projects underway saying that they were on unequal agreements, treaties with the foreigners saying that they should be scrapped or reviewed.
CPN-Maoist warns of disrupting voter registration in Dang
DANG, April 20: Local leaders of the Mohan Baidya-led CPN-Maoist are preparing to disrupt voter registration and distribution of citizenship certificate in the district. The Maoist leaders warned of foiling the government´s plan to deploy mobile teams to the district for voter registration and distribution of citizenship certificates.
“If government teams arrive in villages, our youth organization is prepared to stop them,” CPN-Maoist district secretary Sheetal, told Republica. The party´s youth wing People´s Volunteer Bureau had disrupted voter registration in the past as well. Stating that they had adopted a more liberal policy earlier, he said they are planning to adopt an aggressive approach to foil the government plan this time around. “Earlier, we had tried to convince them but now we will take,” he explained.
“We will face what may come after that.” Earlier, the local administration had to deploy a large number of security personnel after Maoist cadres disrupted the voter registration process. Meanwhile, officials said the district administration is determined to distribute citizenship certificate and update voter registration even if it requires deployment of a large number of security personnel. Officials said they are planning to start voter registration and citizenship distribution in the district within a week.
CPN-Maoist cadres seize 60 bigha private land
DHANGADI: A week after CPN-Maoist cadres declared seizure of 60 bigha private land in Kota Tulsipur, the family has filed an FIR against six CPN-M cadres today seeking action against the persons who had forcefully grabbed their land. Hundreds of CPN-Maoist and its sister wing People’s Volunteers Association’s cadres led by the party Kailali Area No 16 in-charge Kshitiz descended upon Kota Tulsipur-based field belonging to Deb Bahadur Malla and declared its seizure last Saturday.
The victim family today lodged an FIR against six Maoist men, accusing them of seizing their field and looting wheat and pulses planted in the field. The family has accused CPN-Maoist cadres Dil Bahadur Damai and Thagu Chaudhari, Gopal BK and Man Bahadur Tamata and Lal Bahadur Kathriya and Ram Krishna Kathariya of Kota, Tulsipur in their FIR lodged with the area police office.
The land, first seized by the then Maoist rebels during the insurgency period about 12 years ago, was returned to them after the rebels joined the mainstream politics. Following the Maoist declaration of releasing the land, the Mallas had cultivated wheat and other crops in the field, only to see it seized again. Meanwhile, police has removed the flag hoisted by the cadres on the land.
CPN-M-led alliance to foil voter roll update plans
Saying that a “conspiracy is afoot to provide voting rights to non-Nepali nationals,” an alliance of fringe parties led by the CPN-Maoist on Saturday decided to obstruct the voter roll update and citizenship distribution processes. The alliance alliance said it will submit a memorandum to the Election Commission on Sunday, mentioning that there is no link between the voter roll and distribution of new citizenship certificates.
The decision comes as the government plans to resume the citizenship distribution and voter roll update processes across the country on Sunday. “The government has continuously distributed citizenship to children of Nepali parents so far. The latest move to launch a special campaign for citizenship distribution before the elections is a conspiracy to make foreign nationals Nepali citizens,” said CPN-Maoist leader Hari Bhakta Kandel.
“We have strong reservations over the decision and we will continue to protest it.” The Mohan Baidya-led Maoist party has claimed that altogether 57 fringe parties have joined its alliance and that around three dozen of them attended a joint meeting on Saturday. The alliance has rejected calls from the government to hold talks. The parties on Saturday reiterated their demand for the resignation of the Chief Justice Khil Raj Regmi-led government and commitment for the formation of a partisan government.
The parties also formed a four-member talks team led by CPN-Maoist Secretary Dev Gurung to hold talks with an eight-party alliance led by Upendra Yadav in a bid to rope in the latter in their group. The alliance decided to submit a memorandum at the Indian Embassy in Kathmandu regarding the closure of the latter’s ‘field office’ in Biratnagar. The office was opened to facilitate vehicular movement in the aftermath of the massive Koshi floods in 2008.
33 parties unveil protest programmes
KATHMANDU: Dissenting 33 parties, including the Mohan Baidhya-led CPN-Maoist, on Sunday unveiled their various agitation programmes. Issuing a press statement on behalf of the parties, CPN-Maoist informed that the parties will hold an interaction to discuss the issues related to citizenship and voters’ list collection on April 27. The party said its attention has been drawn towards the April 16 letter sent by the government talks team inviting it for talks. It argued that there is no meaning to sit for talks before the March 14 ‘unconstitutional’ and ‘regressive’ move to form the CJ-led government is scrapped.
Meanwhile, the parties submitted a memorandum to the Election Commission of Nepal against the voters’ list update campaign today. On April 29, the parties will submit a protest letter to the Indian Embassy regarding a camp set up in Biratnagar, according to the schedule. The parties will jointly organise a programme in Basantapur in Kathmandu to mark the International Labour Day on May 1. On May 3, they will start the Mechi-Mahakali campaign, and mass assemblies will be held in Itahari, Lahan, Kathmandu, Pokhara, Surkhet, Mahendranagar from May 3 to May 8.
Agitating parties submit memo to EC
KATHMANDU, APR 21 – Agitating 57 fringe political parties including the CPN-Maoist have submitted a memorandum at the Election Commission (EC), demanding to stop the citizenship distribution and other processes related to election. A team led by CPN-Maoist Vice-Chairman CP Gajurel submitted the memorandum to Chief Election Commissioner (CEC) Nil Kantha Upreti at the EC office in Kathmandu on Sunday. Submitting the memorandum , Gajurel warned of confrontation if the citizenship distribution and other works related to elections were taken ahead by negating the agitating political parties.
He also urged Upreti to not move ahead with any activities until the 25-point order issued by the President to remove constitutional difficulties was scrapped. Upreti, instead, urged the agitating 57 political parties to stop their activity of obstructing the election related activities. He voiced that the precondition for holding elections was participation of all people and parties, and added that the onus was on the political parties and the government to create an environment conducive for the elections. RSS