CPN-Maoist ‘positive’ about govt letter for talks
KATHMANDU, JUL 31 – The government on Wednesday sent another formal letter to the CPN-Maoist inviting them for talks , with the poll-opposing party this time terming the letter ‘positive’. Home Minister Madhav Prasad Ghimire sent a letter on behalf of the government to the agitating CPN-Maoist which have been opposing the election process and the preparations being made by the government to hold the Constituent Assembly election on November 19.
The government sent a letter to Mohan-Baidya led CPN-Maoist inviting them for unconditional talks after the party rejected the earlier plea of the government to sit for conditional talks . “We have taken it positively, the letter sent by the government ,” CPN-Maoist spokesperson Pampha Bhuisal,” We will come up with a decision after holding consultations with 32 other parties.” Earlier, the High Level Political Committee had also dispatched a letter to the CPN-Maoist asking them to sit for talks . Despite forming a five-member talks panel under the leadership of their Chairman Mohan Baidya, CPN-Maoist has repeatedly rejected the idea of dialogue with the government or the HLPC.
CPN-Maoist cadres arrested for anti-election drive
LALITPUR, July 30: Two CPN-Maoist cadres were taken into police custody on Tuesday afternoon for their involvement in anti-election wall graffiti. Those arrested are Shyam Bajracharya of Patan Dhoka, Lalitpur and Srijana Kiranti of Solukhumbu. They were taken into custody after they did not heed to the repeated request to stop writing wall graffiti calling for a boycott of the CA elections at the roadside wall in front of Hotel Himalaya this afternoon, said Deputy Superintendent of Police Ram Dutta Joshi.
Meanwhile, the CPN-Maoist Lalitpur has said that seven cadres escaped the baton charge by police and came to its contact. Following the incident, the Kupandole-Pulchowk road remained tensed and blocked for traffic for some one and a half hour while shops closed down.
Also on Tuesday, three cadres of the Mohan Baidya-led CPN-Maoist were arrested for violating the election code of conduct that came into effect last Monday.
CPN-M chalking out strategies to disrupt poll
KATHMANDU: With the arrest of the two CPN-Maoist cadres who were painting the walls at Kupondole today appealing to people to boycott the election, the brawl between cops and CPN-M cadres and the injury suffered by people as a result, the confrontation has begun. Shyam Bajracharya and Srijana Rai were arrested while seven others were injured when police baton-charged. Yesterday three CPN-M cadres were arrested from Himalaya Hotel and released later in the evening.
Today, the meeting of the 33-party alliance decided to organise mass meetings in different parts of the country to burn copies of the code of conduct to be issued by the Election Commission on August 1. The mass meeting will expose the government’s suppression of peaceful programmes launched by agitating parties. The meeting vowed to fight against the election and has entrusted its taskforce to draft further protest plans and prepare leaflets to be distributed to the public.
The CPN-M has forged a plan to push the struggle ahead and the plan will also be implemented through the 33-party alliance. Sources said the party will give first priority to struggle, not dialogue. The party will move ahead citing the three possibilities – if the struggle becomes victorious the party will continue with struggle plans, if the party suffers setback then it will consider dialogue with the government and the High-Level Political Committee and if the government tries to suppress the struggle, the party will move ahead to form base areas as in the past.
The CPN-M has launched political trainings focusing on election constituencies where leaders will impart training on ways to boycott election and destroy booths. Teams will be deployed under a central committee member or senior state committee member to foil elections at each constituency.
Baidya-led alliance not for talks with govt, HLPC
KATHMANDU, July 30: The alliance of 33 agitating parties led by the CPN-Maoist has decided not to sit for talks with the government and the High Level Political Committee (HLPC). A meeting of the alliance held at CPN-Maoist headquarters at Buddhanagar on Tuesday took the decision, concluding that the government and the HLPC were not honest about talks. The meeting also flayed the arrest of two of their cadres recently. Mani Thapa, general secretary of the Revolutionary Communist Party-Nepal (RCP-N), said they decided not to sit for talks with the government and the HLPC as the invitation letter sent to them did not treat them like a political force.
“We won´t sit for talks on the basis of the two separate invitation letters we have received from the government and the HLPC. We may consider sitting for talks if they sent politically proper letters,” he said. The RCP-N is a constituent party of the 33-party alliance. The alliance also demanded the unconditional release of the arrested cadres of the CPN-Maoist. “There is no point sitting for talks with the government and the HLPC as they have not said anything about scrapping the 25-point ordinance for removing constitutional difficulties,” Thapa argued.
Chairman of CPN(Maoist) Matrika Yadav alleged that the government and the HLPC were just staging a drama in the name of talks, and the government had been arresting party cadres and top leaders of major parties were threatening action against them. “The meeting concluded that the so-called HLPC and the government were not honest about talks. They have suppressed the voice of the agitating forces and arrested cadres involved in writing graffiti,” Yadav told Republica.
The alliance meeting on Tuesday decided to intensify the poll boycott, demanding that the 25-point ordinance for removing constitutional difficulties be annuled. They also decided to stage protests across the country, includes burning the election code of conduct brought into force by the Election Commission on Thursday. Among other things, the meeting has entrusted the taskforce led by CPN-Maost leader Dev Gurung with the responsibility for replying to the government and HLPC.
A press statement issued by Gurung on behalf of the alliance said the taskforce would also unveil fresh protests and the posters for the purpose. Meanwhile, CPN-Maoist affiliate Newa State Committee, in a press statement, condemned the arrest of their cadres Sirjana Rai and Shyam Bajracharya and demanded their immediate release. The two were arrested from Kopundol and seven other cadres were injured in a police baton-charge.
Earlier, the Baidya-led Maoists had formed a five-member talks team following the party´s central committee meeting held in Pokhara. But after receiving invitation letters from the HLPC and the government, the Maoists decided not to sit for talks, arguing that the letters were not really for talks and also condition were being stipulated. The HLPC has mentioned the condition not to talk about the CA poll date or changing the Khil Raj Regmi government.