We don’t have weapons: CPN-Maoist
CPN-Maoist General Secretary Ram Bahadur Thapa has said that there was no truth in the reports that his party still holds some weapons. Issuing a press statement here on Monday, General Secretary Thapa said the weapons meant for the security of his party leaders are presently not with the party.
The clarification comes in wake of recent media reports that the party was yet to return back 23 weapons verified by UNMIN and meant for the security of the party leaders. However, leader Thapa has, in the statement, said the weapons recorded when the party was one is the major responsibility of the then leadership. The government had earlier urged the party to return the weapons by May 14.
Gajurel warns of thwarting polls
TERHATHUM, MAY 06 – CPN-Maoist Vice-chairman CP Gajurel has warned that his party will not let the government hold Constituent Assembly elections until the demands put forth by his party are addressed. Speaking at a press meet at Maglung, the district headquarters of Terhathum, on Sunday, Gajurel said that his party led by Mohan Baidya could not even imagine the elections unless a partisan government was formed through a round-table conference by unseating the current interim government under Khil Raj Regmi.
Reiterating that the 11-point pact signed by the major four political parties and the 25-point proposal on removing the constitutional hurdles should be scrapped, Gajurel warned of dire consequences if attempts were made to conduct the CA elections under the status quo. He said that his party is ready to pay any price to foil the elections proposed by the current government. “The incumbent government under Regmi is working as a porter of the major four parties”, he claimed. “Would it be possible to hold elections by deploying police?”
Arms return: CPN-Maoist holds UCPN-Maoist chair answerable
KATHMANDU: The Mohan Baidhya-led CPN-Maoist has passed the buck regarding the return of arms and weapons that the former Maoist army were allowed to kept for the protection of party leaders to UCPN-Maoist Chairman Pushpa Kamal Dahal.
CPN-Maoist General Secretary Ram Bahadur Thapa issued a statement on Monday, saying that his party’s attention has been drawn towards the “indications through various means that the weapons have not been returned though the party (CPN-Maoist) was informed about the deadline of submission.”
“We would like to inform that UCPN-Maoist Chairman Pushpa Kamal Dahal is chiefly responsible for the matter related to weapons as the party was united that time,” he said, “And, answerable to the number of weapons returned or not returned.”