CPN-Maoist village body In-Charge held
ILAM, Oct 29: Police this morning arrested a CPN-Maoist´s local leader from Mangalbare of Ilam district. Dakendra Limbu, the In-charge of the party´s Gajurmukhi Village Committee, was held on charge of obstructing the election activities in the district. The CPN-Maoist is protesting the forthcoming CA elections and carrying out different activities directed against it. A team of policemen deputed from the Mangalbare Police Post arrested Limbu from his in-law´s house at Mangalbare.
The CPN-Maoist Ilam District Committee has denounced the arrest, saying Limbu was arrested while on a family visit to his relatives. It described the arrest as extra-judicial. CPN-Maoist district in-charge Kanchha Lama said the party would strongly retaliate against the high-handed attitude of the administration. Police, however, said that Limbu was held for questioning. The local leaders of the CPN-Maoist and the Limbuwan Rajya Parishad, which are opposing the CA election, have gone underground after police started arresting their leaders.
Seven injured as UCPN (M) and CPN-Maoist cadres clash in Jajarkot
REPUBLICA JAJARKOT, Oct 29: Seven persons have been injured when UCPN (Maoist) and CPN-Maoist cadres clashed here in Kortang VDC of the district on Monday night. The injured have been identified as two UCPN (Maoist) cadres and five CPN-Maoist cadres. The injured CPN-Maoist cadres are Deepak Basnet and Narendra Khatri. Two party cadres clashed as the CPN-Maoist cadres tore up the election posters belonging to UCPN Maoist candidate here at constituency number 2.
According to Chandra Bahadru Basnet, a local UCPN (Maoist) cadre, the clash occurred between the two sides after CPN-Maoist joint district In-charge Deep Bhadur Khadka-led team tore up the posters and also threatened to take action against UCPN (Maoist) candidate. According to Chakrapani Pande, Chief District Officer, a team of police has been deputed in the area and situation is already under control. According to Basnet, police have already been to there as per the information that CPN-Maoist are planning to disrupt UCPN (Maoist) program. Set to be held today.
CPN-Maoist reiterates possibilities of joining CA polls
KATHMANDU: With second Constituent Assembly (CA) polls at the door steps, the CPN-Maoist, which has been carrying out anti-poll activities, has made ‘special’ requests to find out a decisive political outlet through talks postponing the upcoming elections. In a press statement on Tuesday, the party Chairman Mohan Baidhya requested the government and four major political parties to pave way for dialogues by deferring the date of the election that is “being held without a national consensus.”
The statement also presses on the four parties and government to take their demand into serious consideration before initiating talks with CPN-Maoist. The poll-opposing party in the statement has also appealed political parties and civil society to make necessary attempts to that end. Condemning the ‘suppressive policy’ of the government, the party has also demanded unconditional release of its cadres arrested in different parts of the country in course of ongoing anti-election campaigns. The party has argued that it is the political right of a party whether to participate or boycott the polls
CPN-Maoist district leaders arrested
SURKHET, OCT 29 – Three CPN-Maoist leaders have been arrested on charge of looting election education materials in Surkhet. District assistant Secretary Ishwor Bhakta Sunar, Raghubir Bishwakarma and Hari Mahatara were arrested on charge of looting the materials from Uttarganga, Hariharpur and Taranga VDCs in the district. Police said that they had set the education materials on fire after looting them from the VDCs.
Govt in ‘wait and watch’ mode against anti-poll violence
KATHMANDU, Oct 28: With clashes on the rise and activities against the upcoming Constituent Assembly (CA) poll turning violent in the past few days, the government is to ´wait and watch´ a few days more and is prepared to act sternly against forces opposing the poll if they turn more violent. Following a meeting of high-level government officials concerned with security held Monday at the Office of the Prime Minister and Council of Ministers, an official said,
“Currently we are in a ´wait and watch mood´, but if such activities get more violent we will be compelled to take strict action against the disruptive forces.” Currently, it is hard to predict the extent to which the 33-party alliance lead by the CPN-Maoist will go to foil the CA poll, so the authorities are observing and analyzing their activities closely, he said. But the government cannot remain silent in a situation that would induce violence and frustrate the election, said Minister for Information and Communications Madhav Prasad Paudel, who is also the spokesperson of the government.
“The government is moving along with its Integrated Security Plan (ISP) to ensure a violence-free and fair election in all the electoral constituencies, but in case of a ´violent-boycott´ it won´t remain silent,” said Joint-secretary Shankar Prasad Koirala, spokesperson of the Home Ministry. In comparison with earlier elections, the situation is peaceful as of now, he said adding that the government is ready to ensure fail-safe security in every corner of the country. Referring to the four incidents that occurred in different part of the country, DIG Nawa Raj Silwal, spokesperson of the Nepal Police, said these incidents were carried out on the sly.
“We were able to arrest some among those involved and definite steps can be taken to stop such violence.” Security will be further tightened ahead of the election as the anti-poll forces have called a 10-day banda in the lead up to November 19 and this could invite more violent and clashes with the campaigning parties, according to police officials. However, CPN-Maoist leader Pampha Bhushal said the campaign against the poll would go peacefully, adding that the alliance was not responsible for recent incidents of arson against road vehicles being used by the candidates.
She also clarified that no leaders of her party were semi-undergrounded and everyone was available either at the party office, at home or at party programs. “How can we torch the vehicle of a republican leader like Narahari Acharya,” she asked. Meanwhile, an unidentified group torched the vehicle used by Nepali Congress President Sushil Koirala in Nepalgunj, Monday morning and UCPN(Maoist) cadres attacked supporters of the Nepali Congress at Gaunkharka VDC, Nuwakot, leaving three seriously injured.
Meanwhile, government ministers, who are non-political bureaucrats, have realized that the dissident parties are not in a position to come into confidence and work out a settlement through negotiations. “The issues of the dissident parties are totally political and are not in the hands of the government while the political parties are fully preoccupied with their election campaigning,” an official at the Ministry of Home Affairs said.
Fringe parties find fault with CPN-M moves
KATHMANDU, OCT 29 – Some fringe parties in the CPN-Maoist -led 33-party alliance have expressed serious concerns over what they called the Mohan Baidya party’s ‘unanimous decision’ to resort to violence while boycotting the Constituent Assembly election and target UCPN (Maoist) Chairman Pushpa Kamal Dahal. The parties said the CPN-Maoist ’s use of violence and overt focus on Dahal is against the alliance’s position on the polls.
Some prominent leaders in the fringe parties said the Baidya party is wrong in resorting to violence and politically biased in targeting one leader and one party. “Our protest is against the four-party syndicate and should be rightly so,” said Pasang Sherpa, Chairman of the Social Democratic Party Nepal, a key alliance partner. Mani Thapa of the Communist Party-Revolutionary said there are two schools of thought in the alliance. “Though members of the alliance, the parties are free to decide on their activities. Some parties are acting a little too severely due to this. They themselves are responsible for their actions,” he said.