Baidhya warns of anti-election retaliation
DANG: The CPN-Maoist Chairman Mohan Baidhya has warned of retaliation if the Constituent Assembly (CA) elections are held against the will of 33-party alliance led by his party. Speaking at a press conference organised at Lamahi, Dang, Baidhya said election cannot happen ignoring the agitating parties. He added that people will hit back if the election is conducted by force. Baidhya warned that his party would intensify the boycott campaign against the elections.
“Non-partisan government is not in peoples’ support,” he said. He accused the four major political parties of working under the direction of fascist mindset of few so-called top leaders of the country. However he clarified that the campaign to boycott the election will not be aggressive adding that his party and other allying parties would not stay mum if the government mobilises army to put off dissenters during elections slated for November 19.
CPN-Maoist to adopt soft policy on poll boycott
DANG, OCT 10 – The poll-opposing CPN-Maoist has decided to boycott the Constituent Assembly (CA) elections in a gentle manner. A two-day meeting of the party office bearers held in Lamahi, Dang, decided to adopt the flexible boycott policy. CPN-Maoist Chairman Mohan Baidya said the party cadres would be requested to refrain from voting in the elections but would not be stopped strictly. He added the party has decided to launch campaign in villages across the nation to make the people to aware boycott the elections.
He added that the party would not launch attack on its own in any place but would retaliate against attempts to suppress the protest. Baidya informed the meeting reviewed the decision made by the recently concluded politburo meeting of the party and the talks process with other parties. Along with Baidya, Vice CP Gajurel, General Secretary Ram Bahadur Thapa, Secretary Netra Bikram Chand and Politburo member Kul Prasad KC, among other leaders, were present at the meeting. Leaders from Abad, Tharuwan, Magarat, Bheri-Karnali and Seti-Mahakali state committees have converged in Lamahi to formulate plans to boycott the elections.
Prez’s talks with Chinese leader a hush-hush affair
KATHMANDU: Yan Jungi, Vice-Chairwoman of the Standing Committee of the National People’s Congress of China, today called on President Ram Baran Yadav at latter’s office in Sital Niwas. The Office of the President said only matters relating to mutual interest and issues of common concern were discussed during the late afternoon meeting with the top Chinese leader.Yan arrived in Kathmandu for a five-day visit, leading a 13-member delegation yesterday.
A political source, however, told THT that the upcoming Constituent Assembly elections, security and logistical arrangement to ensure free, fair and peaceful elections, and CPN-Maoist’s decision to boycott the election process figured in the meeting. Saying he was unaware about the issues discussed, Rajendra Dahal, press adviser to the president, said it was a courtesy call by the visiting Chinese leader. Earlier, the Chinese delegation interacted with representatives and members of civil society, business community and some former ministers and parliamentarians about the current political situation in Nepal, Nepal-China business and bilateral exchanges, enhancing people-to-people contact, among others.
The Chinese official also met CPN-UML Chair Jhala Nath Khanal and former chair of the first CA Subas Nemang and discussed the current political situation and its implications on Nepali polity following CPN-Maoist’s decision to boycott the elections, according to a political source. Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MoFA) and Chinese embassy here in Kathmandu, both have kept the high-profile visit a hush-hush affair. Apart from being the Vice-chair of the Chinese People’s Organisation for Peace and Disarmament, she holds the rank of Vice-premier in Chinese hierarchy and protocols. She is set to meet Foreign and Home Minister Madhav Prasad Ghimire tomorrow. All her meetings with other top leaders of the major political parties have also been kept secret. China has been supportive since the very beginning of the electoral process of the second Constituent Assembly in Nepal, for which it has extended logistical support worth more than Rs 15 crores.