CPN-Maoist to stop poll canvassing in villages
KATHMANDU, October 2: The agitating CPN-Maoist has decided to obstruct candidates in the CA poll scheduled for November 19 from entering the villages to canvass for votes. At a meeting of the party politburo held at the party´s head office at Buddhanagar on Wednesday, the Maoists appealed to people to boycott the poll actively and effectively, arguing that the talks option was now over. The Maoists also urged the candidates to revoke their candidacies.
They argued that the new CA would not draft a people´s constitution and would only force Nepal into becoming the next Sikkim. Holding a press meet, the Maoists threw a challenge at the CA poll, and claimed that they would announce a people´s constitution from the streets. “First of all, we will request the candidates not to enter the villages to canvass for votes. We will say to them that the scheduled CA poll is not a political solution and will only force the Sikkimization of Nepal. If they ignore our request and use force against us, we will take counter-measures,” Maya Prasad Sharma said to Republica about the decision of the politburo.
According to Maoist leaders, the Maoists will try to return empty ballot boxes through the mobilization of the people. They will persuade others not to vote, convincing them that the election was going to be just a farce under the guidance of foreign forces. If their request is ignored and the security forces used against the Maoists, the latter will counter, it is stated. “Active boycott means appealing to people under a campaign not to vote. And, we will convince people to return the ballot boxes empty. An effective boycott means to counter any force used against our appeal,” added Sharma. At the press meet held at party head office, Chairman Mohan Baidya said that talks were the first phase and that option was now over.
He said the next phase would be that of struggle. He claimed that his party would proclaim the constitution through struggle in the streets. He warned that they would take any action if their request was denied. “We will take a decision from the field if they [government] came against us with force,” said Baidya when asked about the form of boycott being contemplated. The Maoists have been holding training for their youth cadres in the villages to boycott the election. The Maoists stressed the success of the 10-day general strike scheduled by the 33-party alliance. The general strike is scheduled for November 9 to 19 to obstruct the CA poll.
KATHMANDU: The CPN-Maoist today accused the High Level Political Committee of unilaterally breaking off negotiations with it. Addressing a press conference organised at the party headquarters here today, CPN-M Chairman Mohan Baidhya said the four forces of the HLPC sidelined his party from the Constituent Assembly election process. He, however, said his party had not closed the door to dialogue. “It’s the four forces, not us who ended the dialogue process,” Baidhya said. He said the 33-party alliance led by his party would now intensify its anti-poll movement. Baidhya said his party cadres would now go to villages to urge people not to take part in the election. “Candidates will also be urged not to contest elections,” he added. He said his party would launch a peaceful movement, but if the government used force to quell their movement, things could take a different turn.
He, however, declined to say what his party would do. “I cannot tell you how we will react if the government uses force against us,” Baidhya said in response to a question. He said his party had drawn the attention of the United Nations against the government’s decision to mobilise the army and was awaiting the world body’s response. Party General Secretary Ram Bahadur Thapa read out the decisions made by party’s politburo. Thapa said now there was no option but to make the anti-poll campaign more effective with vigorous programmes. The CPN-M has announced general strike from November 11 to 20. The CA polls are scheduled for November 19.
Poll-shy parties shut down nine eastern districts
JHAPA, Oct 3: The banda (general strike) called by the CPN-Maoist-led 33 party alliance, the Federal Limbuwan State Council has hit hard the normal life in the various nine districts of the eastern region since early this morning. The alliance and the Council organized the banda as a part of their scheduled protests against the preparations for the forthcoming CA election. The banda is enforced in Jhapa, Ilam, Panchthar, Taplejung, Morang, Sunsari, Dhankuta, Sankhuwasabha and Tehrathum districts.
As per the election program, the candidates running in the CA election are scheduled to file their nominations at the District Election Offices today and the banda is likely to disturb this. With the effect of the banda, public transport is halted and vehicles have stayed off the roads. Market places and educational institutions are closed in these districts. Police personnel have been mobilized in these districts to maintain security.
CPN-M cadre charged with attempt to murder
KAVRE: Government Attorney Office today filed a case at District Court Kavre against Raman Pariyar, a CPN-Maoist cadre, who was held for allegedly torching a bus for defying the Tamsaling bandh called by the party on September 15 in Dhulikhel. “An attempt to murder case has been filed against Raman,” said Achyut Mani Paudel, government lawyer. Earlier, police had remanded Raman to custody for further investigation.
The bus owner has demanded Rs 9 lakh compensation. According to a source, if Raman is found guilty, he will get a jail term of five to 12 years. Police, however, have not been able to arrest others involved in the incident. Meanwhile, Bagmati Zonal Police Chief SSP Ramesh Kharel directed two separate panels, formed to investigate the incident, to bring the guilty to book within ten days beginning last Sunday. “The convicts have been hiding in Kathmandu, and we will nab them within ten days,” SSP Kharel said.
Scores injured as clashes flare in Salyan‚ Chitwan
THT ONLINE KATHMANDU: The cadres of two Maoist parties clashed in Salyan and an unidentified gang terrorised cadres of political parties in Chitwan on Thursday as the Election Commission opened the filing of nomination for the Constituent Assembly election. At least 12 peoole were injured in the clash between the cadres of UCPN-Maoist and CPN-Maoist at Khalanga, the headquarters of Salyan district, at 11 am. According to the police, the clash erupted when the UCPN-Maoist cadres tried to intervene anti-election protest staged by the CPN-Maoist, while heading to the election office to file nomination for the Constituent Assembly election. The injured have been identified as Lok Man Budhathoki of UCPN-Maoist and Asal Chhetri, Shyam Bhandari and Ganesh Man Singh among others of CPN-Maoist cadres. Police said that the injured have been receiving treatment at district hospital and local medical facilities.
Dialogue door shut, says CPN-M
The CPN-Maoist on Wednesday said ‘all purpose of negotiations’ with the four major parties and the government has ‘ended.’ At a press conference here, party leaders said the poll-opposing 33-party alliance will carry out ‘political and publicity’ campaigns and ‘effectively and strongly’ boycott the November 19 election. “The atmosphere for dialogue has ended after the four-party political syndicate backed off from the edge of an accord. Their recent activities have shown that they are foreign agents who cannot act on their own,” CPN-M Chairman Mohan Baidya said.
The leaders said people will ‘not forgive’ the four parties for sidelining one of the key components of the peace process. The party claimed its anti-election campaign has nationwide backing from people wanting to see national sovereignty and independence in the hands of Nepalis. The leaders said their plan to launch a 10-day protest coinciding with the CA polls is very much on. However, members of the CPN-M Politburo said they are engaged in talks with major parties, leaders of the civil society and Nepal Bar Association and foreign ambassadors to seek a ‘win-win agreement.’