Govt, 33-party alliance dialogue fails to make headway
KATHMANDU, AUG 19 – The third round of talks between the government and the poll-opposing 33-party alliance failed to make headway on Monday. The talks, initially scheduled for Sunday, was deferred after the government had sought more days for internal preparations. It has been learnt that the talks held today did not yield any result as the government’s bottom line of Constituent Assembly (CA) polls scheduled for November 19 was rejected by the 33-party alliance .
In the previous two meetings, the government talks team had expressed commitment to fulfill many of their demands if they agreed to take part in the November polls. Mohan Baidya-led CPN-Maoist, which spearheads the 33-party alliance , has been opposing the CA polls slated for November 19. Even though the government and the HLPC have made repeated efforts to woo the party through several talks, the party has remained adamant about their demands which include the replacement of the incumbent Regmi-led government with a political one and the deferral of the slated November 19 polls.
Baidya’s cadres thrash UCPN (Maoist) students
REPUBLICA RUKUM, Aug 18 : Cadres of the Mohan Baidya-led CPN-Maoist have beaten up the students affiliated to UCPN (Maoist) after the latter tried to stop them from writing anti-poll slogans on the wall of Pharula Multiple Campus in Rukum. Ram Prasad Sharma, a leader of All Nepal Free Student Union -Revolutionary (ANFSU-R), a students´ wing of UCPN (Maoist), has been seriously injured in the incident while a few others have received minor injuries.
Reacting to the attack, the UCPN (Maoist) students have come down heavily against the Baidya´s party, stating that they should not be allowed to politicize the educational institutions. The student unions affiliated to various parties have also demanded strong action against Badiya´s cadres who attacked the students inside campus premises. Meanwhile, local leaders of the CPN-Maoist have warned that they will not let the government to hold the Constituent Assembly election in Salyan district.
Meet demands before parleys on polls: CPN-Maoist
KATHMANDU: CPN-Maoist, along with the 33-party alliance, has been launching a stern protest programme against the November 19 polls. The CPN-M and the alliance has adopted a dual strategy –to take both the boycott campaign and dialogue simultaneously.
However, leaders claimed that the party will discuss whether to join the election process only after the government and major parties are ready to fulfill their 18-point demand. The mandate of the much-talked about central committee meeting held at Pokhara only discussed ways to foil the election with the pre-conception that the constitution was not possible through the Constituent Assembly in the existing circumstances.
However, after the parties said they were eager to bring the CPN-M led alliance on board the election process by fulfilling their demands, things decided in Pokhara are changing for CPN-M. CPN-M leaders claimed that Nepali Congress and CPN-UML had demanded the party’s commitment to join the election, doubting that it could only be a CPN-M strategy.
Both the parties were ready to fulfill CPN-M demands and bring them on to the election process. Having no other choice — the CPN-M leaders said they are committed to their words. In fact, the party’s Pokhara CC meet had not taken any such decision and therefore party will only begin discussing election when the major parties agree to fulfill all their demands.
Formation of the talks team, sitting for talks with both High-Level Political Committee and the government was nothing but the party’s strategy to show they were willing to join the polls. However, the leaders claimed that their authentic party line was to join the election if their demands were met.
Politburo member Dharmendra Bastola claimed that the party has formed the talks team as per the mandate of the Pokhara meeting and the party will join the polls if their 18-point demand is met and there is no dispute in the party line. Central committee member Lekhnath Neupane said the party will discuss election only after the right environment is created.