CPN-Maoist calls strike to obstruct Dahal’s poll campaign
DHANKUTA, OCT 24 – Poll opposing parties including the CPN-Maoist have enforced shutdown in Dhankuta to obstruct the pre-scheduled arrival of UCPN (Maoist) Chairman Pushpa Kamal Dahal in the district for election campaign. Cadres of the CPN-Maoist had disrupted vehicular movement by falling trees on the Koshi Highway on Wednesday night to disturb Dahal’s entrance to Dhankuta. It is learnt that the Maoist cadres had fell down trees in half a dozen places in Rudrabari, Chyangchyangbari, Dhat and Schooldanda along the Dharan-Dhankuta Road Section. The local administration has cleared the traffic obstruction this morning after mobilizing police on the road section.
However, normal life in Dhankuta has been affected due to strike . The move was taken to not allow the entrance of UCPN (Maoist) chief to Dhankuta, said the CPN-Maoist . The local administration has beefed up the security arrangement by massively mobilising security personnel on different places so as to thwart possible danger in course of his arrival in Dhankuta.
Secy among 26 CPN-Maoist cadres defect party
SANKHUWASABHA, OCT 24 – Twenty-six CPN-Maoist cadres including district joint secretary of Sankhuwasabha have announced their defection from the party. In a press statement issued on Thursday, the CPN-Maoist deserters stated that they decided to abandon the party because of unstable working strategy of the party. They have said that they will remain as independent leftist. The CPN-Maoist defectors include state committee secretariat member and district joint secretary Man Kumar Bhandari, state committee secretariat member Dibya Raj Baral, secretariat member and national youth people’s volunteer district vice-president Adal Kumar Kulung, district secretariat member and Kahu Rashtra, central member Shankar Dhakal, district secretariat member and municipal secretary Hari Joshi, secretariat member and ANTO member Dev Raj Giri.
Meanwhile, the CPN-Maoist issued a press release stating that the party defectors have worked against the party policy and all those involved have been stripped of the party’s general membership. Dibya Raj Baral, Adal Kumar Kulung and Tek Man Rai have been ousted from the party, states the press statement. However, the statement has not given any response to other 23 cadres who deserted the party. The press statement signed by district secretary RP Kirati states that the action was taken against the defectors as they were going against the party’s revolution. The cadres were expelled from the party for violating the party discipline. They have been accused of being tempted by the post promised by foreign agents, ruining the privacy, formation of groups against the party.
Govt: 10-day Maoist banda a major threat
KATHMANDU, OCT 24 – In its latest security assessment, the government has identified the 10-day nationwide general strike called by the CPN-Maoist as the major security challenge in the run-up to the November 19 polls. The strike supported by the 33-party poll-opposing alliance led by the CPN-Maoist is scheduled to start on November 11. The government has taken the scheduled shutdown seriously and is taking measures to foil the strike and ensure normalcy during the period.
“We have been receiving reports from across the districts that the CPN-Maoist is conducting various kinds of training and orientation of its cadres to disrupt the election,” said a senior security official closely following the day-to-day security situation. In recent weeks, the general strikes called by the CPN-Maoist has had little effect on the daily lives. Still, security officials maintain that in the final days before the polls the shutdown could emerge as a major “spoiler”. They have called for a coordinated approach to ensure normalcy. Sources said the security agencies have charted out an “election-sensitive approach” to ensure normal movement of the people during the general strike, smooth delivery of supplies of essential commodities and building confidence in the general public that they need need not worry about the security situation and that polls will happen at any cost.
Security agencies said they have information that Baidya-led Maoist party has conducted training to party cadres. Some 50-60 cadres will be deployed in each district to ensure the general strike and aim at poll disruption. Security agencies claim that the Baidya party is especially active in the Far West, in the Mid Western districts of Rukum and Rolpa and parts of Eastern Tarai, including Siraha. “The Baidya group poses major security challenges for the polls,” said security analyst Geja Wagle on the phone from Biratnagar.
He is currently travelling a dozen districts in the eastern Nepal to asses the security situation. “In Tarai, open border and accessibility of weapons has emerged as a major security threat,” he added. According to the government officials, the poll-opposing parties are scheduled to stage sporadic disruption ahead of the general strikes as a rehearsal. “They will use these rehearsals as a litmus test of their strength to assess if they can enforce the upcoming the general strike,” said a senior government official. Besides the threat from the poll-opposing parties, the security officials are taking the increasing incidents of clashes among the poll contesting parties as another serious security challenge.
“As election date draws close, communal, caste based and regional tension could escalate,” said the official. Eastern hills, parts of Tarai and and the Mid West are considered “sensitive for caste, communal and regional tension.” Nine Eastern districts—Sankhuwasabha, Terhathum, Dhankuta, Tapl-ejung, Panchthar, Morang, Sunsari and Jhapa—with significant ethnic populations are also seen as possible flashpoints. Clashes among sister wings of parties have escalated in recent days. Equally, some armed outfits present in the Tarai region are also seen as a possible security threat. Of late, security agencies have concluded that temporary police (Myadi) could invite trouble around the poll date as well as on the polling day.
“Particularly in Tarai, open border and free flow of weapons are posing security threats and we are in touch with Indian officials to tighten the border,” said another security official. The possibility of misuse of former Maoist combatants in disruption of polls is also seen as “an important security challenge”. “Although the security deployment seem satisfactory as of now, as the election day draws closer, there could be newer security threats. The government should accordingly chart out its security strategy,” Wagle said.
Challenges facing CA polls
1 Proliferation of small arms
2 Poll disruption by fringe parties
3 Ethnic and communal tensions
4 Armed outfits’ activities
5 Inter-party clashes (youth and student wings)
6 Temporary police
8 Open border in Tarai
CPN-Maoist cadres out to spoil CA polls
KATHMANDU, OCT 24 – While local authorities and security agencies have zeroed in their focus on maintaining law and order to ensure that the Constituent Assembly election is conducted in a free and fair manner, the CPN-Maoist is bent on derailing it. CPN-Maoist Secretary Netra Bikram Chand said in a press meet in Kailali on Wednesday that the party will expend all its strength on obstructing the November 19 election . As part of the CPN-Maoist ‘counteractive struggle’ against the polls, the party in Bardiya has announced a ban on senior leaders of UCPN (Maoist), Nepali Congress, CPN-UML and Madhes-based parties from entering the district. District secretary of party Drabya Shah said the cadres are actively involved in thwarting the election s. “We are also preparing to send letters to the candidates, requesting them not to participate in the vote,” said Shah.
CPN-Maoist cadres have not interfered in publicity works of other parties in Bardiya so far. Police are watching local leaders and active workers of the CPN-Maoist. The Mohan Baidya-led party has started anti- election activities in other districts as well. Party workers looted voter education materials and election publicity materials in Baglung and Jajarkot on Tuesday. In Kavre, the CPN-Maoist has directed its units to drive away candidates who visit rural areas for campaigning. Chief District Officer Durga Prasad Bhandari said security agencies have been asked to keep their eyes on CPN-Maoist activists.
NA getting lethal weapons‚ logistics from India
KATHMANDU: The Nepal Army said on Wednesday that is receiving military assistance, including lethal weapons, from India after a nine year long hiatus. The assistance is resuming as per the decision of Indo-Nepal Consultatative Group on Security Issues. The Group’s 10th meeting was held in Bangalore of India in April to resume the military assistance, stalled in 2004, to Nepal. According to the NA’s Directorate of Public Relations, the NA will receive 216 light vehicles, 154 heavy trucks, 25 Mine Protected Vehicles, four ambulances and some lethal weapons. The NA hoped that the consignments would help modernise it and upgrade its operational capacity as well as strengthen bilateral relation between Nepal and India.