Election boycott campaign a smashing hit: CPN-Maoist
KATHMANDU: Chairman of the CPN-Maoist, Mohan Baidhya, today said his party’s boycott campaign against the Constituent Assembly elections has already become successful. Talking with reporters after a function today, Baidhya pointed that four major parties and the government, by mobilising the national army against the poll-opposing alliance, have proved that the boycott campaign has achieved success. Baidhya argued that conducting Constituent Assembly elections without the participation of his party, a party to the peace process, makes no sense.
He reiterated that a new constitution is impossible without bringing his party on board. Baidhya went on to claim that people powered by a street-based movement will draft their constitution from the streets. Asked whether his party was for an armed uprising, Baidhya said his party is not in favour of attacking the army and police. “We won’t attack the Army and the Police. We will appeal candidates not to enter villages. If they ignore our call, people will take action,” the CPN-M chief said. He further warned that candidates may come under attack if they enter their constituencies as the idea of elections has angered people.
“Locals have been attacking candidates and such attacks may spiral up.” Commenting on reports that CPN-M leaders may go underground by returning Personal Security Officers, Baidhya said they had demanded PSOs when they needed them. He said the leaders will return the PSOs if they feel they don’t need security anymore. “If the need arises, we can live with the people, which does not mean going underground.” Asked why his party was targeting UCPN-Maoist Chairman Pushpa Kamal Dahal, he responded that they have not singled out Dahal, though the latter had played a pivotal role to keep the 33-party-alliance out of the elections.
CPN-Maoist cadres held for anti-poll activists
GAIGHAT , OCT 27 – Police have arrested three CPN-Maoist cadres for their alleged involvement in anti-poll activities in different parts of the district on Saturday. The police arrested Parshu Ram Pokharel, a district leader of CPN-Maoist from Katari, Tribeni-9 while he was provoking the public to boycott voting and was distributing anti-election pamphlets, said DSP Kishan Singh Thapa, In-charge of the Area Police Office Katari. Likewise, police have arrested two other district level leaders, Min Prasad Pokharel and Babu Ram Subedi, from Boltar bazaar in constituency no. 1 while they were in a bid to disrupt election campaign of UCPN (Maoist). It has been learnt that UCPN (Maoist) Chairman Pushpa Kamal Dahal was scheduled to address the election gathering there, said Dhundi Raj Neupane, Inspector at the Boltar Area Police Office. RSS
UCPN (Maoist) candidate’s vehicle set on fire
MAKWANPUR, Oct 27: A vehicle owned by UCPN (Maoist) candidate from Makawanpur Constituency No.3 Prahlad Lamichhane was set ablaze here last night. According to the District Police Office, Makawanpur, an unidentified gang put a Tata jeep (Ba. 8 Cha.5956) of Lamichhane on fire while it was parked at Piple-5 Hetauda at 1:00 am last night. The fire was taken under control immediately after the fire last night, said UCPN (Maoist) district committee.
CPN-Maoist cadres set the vehicle used for election campaign on fire to disrupt the CA election, said the UCPN (Maoist) sources. With arson, the jeep was completely destroyed, said police. Meanwhile, candidate Lamichhane has demanded the local administration to take action against arsonists. A search for the arsonists is underway and action will be taken against them, said Superintendant of Police (SP) Ganesh Bahadur Air at the District Police Office, Makawanpur.
Baidhya Maoist caught in a situation‚ cries foul
PHIDIM: After a 22-hour chase, police arrested CPN-Maoist district Secretary Laxmi Neupane from Panchthar headquarters Phidim today morning. Although police were trying to detain him since Friday as per their policy of nabbing leaders and cadres of dissenting parties, they did not have much luck till 10 am when the latter came out of the party office to address the nature’s call and landed in police net.
“We’d been looking to nab him since yesterday. When he holed himself up in the party office, our personnel laid a siege on the office,” said police. Chief District Officer said the arrest is in line with police policy to detain operatives of poll-opposing parties. Meanwhile, Neupane has accused police of keeping him hostage for about 22 hours. “To shut a person in a room for 22 hours, what is it if not violation of human rights?” asked Neupane. Party’s Limbuwan State Committee Secretary Indra Angbo accused police of making a mockery of democracy by detaining dissenters. With police clamping down on the poll-opposing parties and their cadres and leaders, most top-level leaders of the CPN-Maoist, and of party-affiliated Limbuwan organisations have left the district headquarters.
One held for torching election vehicle
KANCHANPUR: Police have arrested one person on the charge of torching a jeep used by Mohan Giri, candidate of the UCPN-Maoist, Constituency No. 4 of Kanchanpur. A team deployed from the District Police Office at Mahendranagar area arrested the District member of the CPN-Maoist, Kailash Lawad. Deputy Superintendent of Police, Birkha Bahadur Rawal, said that investigation into the case was underway. An armed team set a Mahindra jeep (Ma 1 Ja 73) on fire sprinkling petrol on Saturday.
The UCPN-Maoist, Kanchanpur, blamed that the poll-opposing CPN-Maoist set the vehicle of Giri on fire. Whereas, District In-charge and Central Member of the CPN-Maoist, Devidutta Pandey, said that there was no involvement of his party in the incident.
UCPN-M election vehicles torched in Hetaunda‚ Syangja
HETAUNDA/SYANGJA: Unidentified gangs have torched polls publicity vehicles of UCPN-M candidates in Makwanpur and Syangja districts on Sunday. According to police, the parked vehicle (Ba 8 Cha 5956) being used by Unified CPN-Maoist candidate Prahlad Lamichhane was set on fire at Hetaunda-5, Piple at around 1 am this morning. The vehicle was completely damaged, police said. Lamichhane is UCPN-M’s first-past-the-post candidate from Makwanpur-3. Candidate Lamichhane has demanded the local administration that the arsonists be booked at the soonest.
A search for the arsonists is underway and action will be taken against them, said Superintendant of Police (SP) Ganesh Bahadur Aire at the District Police Office, Makawanpur. In a separate incident, unidentified persons torched election campaign vehicle (Ga 1 Ja 2835) being used by the UCPN-M’s candidate Damberdev Aryal at Galang bazaar in Syanja in the wee hours of Sunday morning
CPN-Maoist cadres burn voters education materials
PALPA, OCT 27 – Cadres of CPN-Maoist burnt copies of voters education materials at Silange in Kaseni-7 of Palpa district on Sunday. The cadres burnt the education materials while they were being prepared for distribution. CPN-Maoist district in-charge Dhiraj Rana informed that the materials were torched as per the party’s policy to oppose the upcoming Constituent Assembly election s. Palpa region number 2 chief Bhuwan GC said that materials including posters, pamphlets and books relating to election s were seized and burnt.
Police had reached the site upon gaining the information but failed to arrest anyone, said district police Chief Sthaneshwor Regmi. The party had organised anti-poll assemblies at various places in the district like Rampur, Darcha, Salahakot, Dobhan, Kaseni, among others.
New Nepal constitution will have no legitimacy without us: CPN-M
The Communist Party of Nepal-Maoists, that leads an alliance of parties boycotting the election to the constituent assembly scheduled on November 19, has ruled out any possibility of a “viable and acceptable constitution” being drafted without their participation in the process. Talking to media representatives here Saturday, CPN-M chairman Mohan Baidya Kiran said, “Keeping us out of the process was a deliberate attempt by external forces and their local puppets. But if any constitution is delivered without our participation, people will tear it into pieces.” “We are part of the peoples’ war that brought about this political change, and any constitution to institutionalise these changes will be illegitimate, incomplete and unacceptable without us.” He said “it is a matter of shame that even the pro-parliamentary parties are destroying the very core value of the system by going against the principle of separation of power”.
Kiran added, “In fact, we are the ones sticking for it by demanding that Khil Raj Regmi resign as the Chief Justice, a post he concurrently holds along with that of the executive head.” The CPN-M had boycotted the election as its initial demand for Regmi’s resignation was turned down by four “major” parties that together endorsed the idea of having a chief Justice as the head of the electoral government.
Security bodies waiting and watching
KATHMANDU, OCT 27 – Security agencies have adopted a “wait-and-watch” approach before taking “aggressive and strict” measures against the poll-opposing CPN-Maoist . The Home Ministry had earlier directed the security agencies to take action against those found involved in disruptive activities. But the security agencies, which have been in defensive mode, are yet to know about the strategy of the CPN-Maoist , according to officials.
“We are keeping tabs on senior CPN-Maoist leaders, but have no mandate to arrest them,” said a senior police official. A government source said that security agencies—Nepal Army, Armed Police Force and Nepal Police—are in regular consultations. The government is planning to hold discussion with top leaders of the UCPN (Maoist), the Nepali Congress, the CPN-UML on ways to deal with the CPN-Maoist during the election process, the source added.
UCPN-M publicity bikes torched in Kapilvastu
KAPILVASTU: An unidentified group on Sunday torched three parked motorcycles being used by the UCPN-Maoist for election publicity campaign in Sundaridanda of Shivagadhi VDC, Kapilvastu. The bikes [LA 14 PA 4838, LA 10 PA 9960 and UP 55 F 6408 (Indian)] were completely destroyed in the fire, said UCPN-Maoist’s Regional Election Publicity Committee of constituency-5. Earlier today, the UCPN-Maoist had organised a motorcycle rally as a part of their election campaign at the areas covering constituency-5. The rally had encircled around 10 VDCs in the district. According to DSP Rabindra Prasad Sharma, police have taken the incident seriously and have started an investigation into the incident. He added that they will book the culprits involved in the incident at the earliest.