CPN-M renews threat to disrupt CA polls
NAWALPARASI, SEP 01 – The CPN-Maoist has repeated its warning of disrupting the Constituent Assembly election if it is held on the slated November 19 date. Organising a news conference in Nawalparasi district on Saturday, CPN-Maoist politburo member Khadga Bahadur Bishwokarma said the party would spearhead “any kind of attack” on the CA election as it was “against nationalism and popular aspirations”. Bishwokarma, however, did not clarify whether vote disruption would be violent or peaceful.
“There’ll be intensified attacks across the country. The CA election s will be disrupted,” said the Maoist leader, adding that the Mohan Baidya-led party was preparing for the same. Referring to India without naming it, Bishwokarma said the party would boycott the CA election as it was going to be held at the behest of foreigners. Stating that China has never tried to intervene in Nepal’s internal affairs, Bishwokarma accused India of interfering in Nepal’s own matters.
Chand back early from China
KATHMANDU, SEP 01 – CPN-Maoist Secretary Netra Bikram Chand returned from China on Saturday after unexpectedly shortening his “secret trip” to the northern neighbour. Chand left for China on Thursday at the invitation of the Communist Party of China (CPC). He was supposed to return on September 2, according to one of his close aides. During the visit, Chand is said to have met several high-profile leaders of the CPC. “He said he had meetings with some senior CPC leaders but he did not divulge details,” said a leader close to Chand. He talked about election and the current political deadlock. It’s immediately unclear whether he had access to the Chinese establishment.
Several leaders from his party expressed dissatisfaction at the visit saying it lacked agenda. While leaders close to Chand stress the visit was scheduled during a recent visit of a high-level Chinese delegation by State Councillor Yang Jiechi to Kathmandu, the party establishment has termed his visit “unclear” and “against party discipline”. The party spokesperson called the trip personal. Earlier, CPN-Maoist Chairman Mohan Baidya and Vice-chairman CP Gajurel visited China and met senior leaders of the CPC and the Chinese establishment. China had suggested that the CPN-Maoist contest the polls by making electoral alliance with the UCPN (Maoist).
Thapa warns of “revolt” if his party is suppressed
BIRGUNJ: General Secretary of the CPN-Maoist, Ram Bahadur Thapa, has warned of “people’s revolt” if the government took the strategy of suppressing the poll-opposing political parties. Speaking at a programme to welcome newcomers in the CPN-Maoist, General Secretary Thapa said his party would strongly oppose the Constituent Assembly (CA) election if the government and major political parties tried to hold it under the influence of weapon.
He reiterated that the CPN-Maoist was not the anti-election force, saying the party had opposed the election process scheduled for November 19 because the CA election held by the present non-political government could not give solution to the country. He claimed that the talks between the CPN-Maoist and the High Level Political Committee (HLPC) could not end up positively due to wrong stands of government and the four political parties. However, he said the 33-party alliance led by the CPN-Maoist had been holding discussions over the proposal received from the four-party mechanism. During the programme, around 80 leaders and cadres including the former lawmaker of the Unified CPN-Maoist joined the CPN-Maoist.