33-party bloc condemns army deployment in polls
KATHMANDU: The 33-party alliance, led by the CPN-Maoist, condemned the government decision to deploy the Nepal Army for the poll security, arguing that it would invite conflict in the nation. Holding a meeting at the CPN-Maoist headquarters, Buddhanagar today, the dissident parties decided to protest the army deployment move, and demanded the withdrawal of the decision.
“Misusing the Nepal Army for a purely internal affair like election is violation of the Comprehensive Peace Accord,” read a statement issued by the CPN-Maoist Secretary Dev Gurung on behalf of the alliance. Likewise, the alliance expressed its concern over the raid by Indian police personnel in Bardiya on September 18, and landing of an American Air Force plane at the Tribhuvan International Airport on September 19. The 33 parties demanded that the government informed the public about the truth about the incidents. They also informed that the next meeting of the parties would announce new protest programmes against the Constituent Assembly (CA) election.
People’s revolution yet to occur‚ says Baidhya
KATHMANDU: Chairman of the CPN-Maoist Mohan Baidhya said the people’s revolution was still incomplete due to wrong agreement. So, time has come for the completion of the people’s revolution now, he stressed. At a talk programme organised by the Progressive Writers’ Association in the Capital on Sunday, Chairman Baidhya said the 12-point understanding made in 2006 to end the Maoist’s armed revolution was also faulty. Although the monarchy was abolished, the end of the feudalism, imperialism and expansionism needs another people’s revolution, he said, urging the writers and artists to act as pressure group for such revolution.
CPN-M ups donation drive in Rukum
HIMALAYAN NEWS SERVICE RUKUM: The CPN-Maoist, which has refused to participate in the polls by putting forth one demand after another, now has intensified donation drive in Rukum for the past three days, unleashing terror among the local businessmen and the government employees in the district.
CPN-Maoist cadres have dispatched separate letters to the survey office, agriculture office and energy office in the district, demanding Rs 20,000 as donation. “After receiving the donation letters, we have reported it to the chief district officer,” said an office chief in the district. According to a source, a total of 500 letters have been dispatched to all state bodies, traders, entrepreneurs, and teachers, among others. The letters signed by party district secretary Manakamana reads: “As we are in dire need of financial, moral and intellectual support to win the upcoming second CA elections, we urge you to help the party.”
But interestingly, the talks that were held with the government and major political parties in the Capital have officially failed and the CPN-M’s central leadership is holding meeting to chalk out plans to foil polls. In such situation, the letters seeking donation ‘to help the party win the elections’ have not only instilled fears in the businessmen and government employees but also have confused them. Chief District Officer Bhabishwor Pandey said he had heard about the donation campaign but ‘I have yet to confirm it’. “If any political party is found to be forcing anyone to cough up money in the name of donation, legal action will be taken against them.”