Election impossible without CPN-Maoist: Chand
SARLAHI, JUN 13 – CPN-Maoist leader Netra Bikram Chand has claimed that upcoming Constituent Assembly (CA) election would not be possible without the participation of CPN-Maoist . He claimed that the election conducted by four parties will be identical to the one conducted by the former king.
“Four parties are pushing the countries towards regression. We will not take part in election held under current circumstances,” Chand said, speaking to media persons at Hariwan, Sarlahi on Thursday. “Election without our party cannot be imagined.” The formation of government under the sitting chief justice, appointment of controversial former secretary Lokman Singh Karki, who was found guilty of popular movement, as the chief of anti-graft body, among others, indicates the government’s intention to invite regression in the country, said the CPN-Maoist leader.
“It is not just our party but also the common people are also not satisfied by such decisions of the four parties,” Chand said. “Dissatisfaction among general public doesn’t bode well,” he added. He said that his party has initiated the campaign to make the people aware against regression. In a different context, leader Chand said that revolt is a normal process if the authorities take wrong steps to fuel public outrage. “The growing dissatisfaction among general public might result in anything. Arms are only the secondary means,” Chand said.
Let’s not hold polls to push country to conflict: Gajurel
KATHMANDU: The CPN-Maoist Vice Chairman CP Gajurel on Thursday warned that a new conflict would begin along with the announcement of Constituent Assembly (CA) election date. Announcing the CA poll date is tantamout to starting the conflict, he said, accusing the four-party syndicate of trying to push the country towards conflict in the name of election. He argued that his statement is proved by revival of UCPN-Maoist’s Youth Communist league (YCL), and the CPN-UML’s Youth Force in response. He was speaking at an interaction organised by the Reporters Club in Kathmandu.
Saying New Delhi is piling pressure to hold the election by the end of November, leader Gajurel charged that the major parties are dancing like a puppet to please the southern neighbour. Polls without the participation of half of the political parties, including CPN-Maoist, hold no meaning, according to him. Let’s not hold elections only to make New Delhi happy and push the nation towards conflict, he said. He warned of teaching a lesson to the ones who want to hold elections at the current state of affairs. “We won’t accept a forceful poll,” he said.
Curfew in Jumla after NC, CPN-Maoist slug it out
A fight between two activists of the Mohan Baidya-led CPN-Maoist and the Nepali Congress (NC) in Jumla led the local administration to impose a curfew in the district from Tuesday. The activists of the two parties resorted to a ‘gang war’ after NC cadre Ghanashyam Thapa was injured in a brawl with Manoj Budathoki of the CPN-Maoist on Saturday, prompting the authorities to clamp the curfew . Daily life has greatly been affected as local residents are not allowed to venture outside and ply their daily trades.
Marketplace, government offices and schools have remained closed. Effort made by the District Administration Office (DAO) to settle the dispute through talks failed after the NC rejected to sit for a dialogue demanding an immediate detention of Budathoki, who is absconding after the incident. Police have detained CPN-Maoist activists Min Bahadur Bhandari and Raj Bahadur Bhagri for an investigation. Their arrest has only escalated tension. Chief District Officer Hari Pyakurel said issuing curfew orders was the only option to maintain law and order. “Violence could erupt at any moment as both the warring parties are bringing their supporters from outside.” The DAO has called in security personnel from Surkhet and Banke districts to take the situation under control.
Dissenting parties come together to form a 42-party front
KATHMANDU: Three fronts of political parties, who were agitating against the government. have announced to form a single front and wage a joint movement. The parties have also declared that they would obstruct the electoral process if the Ordinance relating to electoral laws was taken ahead without their consensus. The 33-party front led by the CPN-Maoist, the eight-party federal democratic front led by Madhesi Janadhikar Forum and the Ashok Rai-led Federal Social Party held a joint press conference in the capital on Thursday to announce the new front. Speaking at the press conference, CPN-Maoist Chairman Mohan Baidhya said the election process would be rendered unsuccessful from the streets if it was taken ahead without the consensus of the dissenting parties.
“Despite some differences we have decided to come together on our common demand of scrapping of the 11-point agreement and a halt of the ongoing process for elections”, he said. Making it clear that his party was not against elections, Chairman Baidhya said, “We have never said we would boycott the elections, we will take part if our demands are met”. President of Socialist Party Mr Rai, President of Tamsaling party Nepal Parsuram Tamang and General Secretary of Madhesi Janadhikar Forum Ram Sahaya Yadav also warned of taking to the streets if the electoral process was moved ahead without taking them into confidence.
Sankhuwasabha Banda for indefinite period
Sankhuwasabha, June 13: Different five fringe political parties including CPN- Maoist have called Sankhuwasabha banda (strike) for an indefinite period demanding stopping of transfer of employees of the District Hospital, Khandbari.
A press release issued by District In-charge of the CPN-Maoist, Chhatra Bahadur Adhikary, on behalf of the fringe parties, stated that they have been compelled to organise the district banda for an indefinite period after police opened the lock out carried out by them at the District Hospital demanding stopping of transfer of employees. The parties said that they will continue the district banda until the decision of transfer of the employees was withdrawn. Long-route and short-route transport to and from Khandbari have been completely closed due to the indefinite district banda, said Kedar Khadka, an employee at the Transport Entrepreneurs´ Association.