CPN-Maoist poses no threat in Ramechhap, Dolakha
DOLAKHA, Nov 1: Though the obstruction created by Mohan Baidya-led CPN-Maoist to prevent UCPN (Maoist) Chairman Pushpa Kamal Dahal from attending a rally in Charikot on Wednesday successfully gave an impression of their strength, the organizational hold of CPN-Maoist in both Ramechhap and Dolakha district is not as strong. Election campaign of all parties including the UCPN (Maoist), Nepali Congress (NC) and CPN-UML are being held in all the districts without any obstruction by the CPN-Maoist, which has announced to actively boycott the upcoming CA polls. CPN-UML candidate from the constituency number 2 of Dolakha Ananda Pokharel said they have not faced any such obstruction in their election campaign so far. “I have encountered a few of their cadres in some villages.
But they have not obstructed our election campaign yet,” he told Republica. The presence of Baidya-led Maoists is confined to the remote villages on the border of Ramechhap, Dolakha and Sindhuli districts, where there is no strong presence of police. But in the districts they are almost non-existent as the local administration has warned of stringent action against anti-election activities. According to Chief District Officer of Ramechhap Gopal Prasad Parajuli, there are reports that CPN-Maoist has its presence in Jumdel, Lakhanpur, Gumsi, Churchure and Bamti areas.
“We have stepped up vigilance in those areas keeping in view possible anti-election activities,” said Parajuli. Two CPN-Maoist cadres, who were preparing to paste anti-election pamphlets in Khimti area last week, had fled after the police intervened. “The anti-poll activities of CPN-Maoist have not been reported since,” Chief of Ramechhap District Police Office DSP Bimal Raj Kandel told Republica.
Altogether 32 candidates are contesting the election from the two constituencies of Ramechhap district. While District Police Office has provided Personal Security Officer (PSO) to five candidates, including those from NC, UML and UCPN (Maoist), police have maintained strict vigilance. The Baidya-led Maoist has carried out no major anti-election activity in Dolakha, except their move to thwart UCPN (Maoist) Chairman Pushpa Kamal Dahal´s scheduled program in Charikot on Wednesday. “The CPN-Maoist has carried out no anti-poll activity in the district,” said Chief District Officer of Dolakha Pralhad Pokharel. CPN-Maoist cadres had planted a bomb and felled trees on the road to Charikot apparently to thwart Maoist rally in Charikot in wee hours on Wednesday. Interestingly, a leader supporting CPN-Maoist has filed independent candidacy from both the constituencies of Dolakha district. Though Nabin Rajaswaraj Rimal supports CPN-Maoist he has not assumed any position in the party.
Rimal served as UCPN (Maoist) District Committee secretary in Dolakha before former lawmaker Devi Khadka took over the responsibility. In the first week of October, locals in Charikot had defied the strike enforced by CPN-Maoist and ran business as usual without any resistance from the Baidya-led party. “This also shows that the party has a relatively weaker hold in the district,” argued Vice president of the Dolakha chapter of the Federation of Nepalese Journalists (FNJ) Rajan Siwakoti. Nevertheless, police officials say they have received intelligence reports that the CPN-Maoists have presence in Tamachet, Dudhpokhari and Shailung areas adjoining the borders of Ramechhap, Sindhupalchowk and Dolakha districts.
“However, they are not in a position to openly carry out anti-election activities,” said Dolakha District Police Chief DSP Suresh Prasad Kafle. CPN-Maoist Dolakha District Secretary Prem Darnal, however, said this was a propaganda spread by the opposition parties. “We have our committees in all our villages in the district. We are currently engaged in peaceful boycott of the election,” he said. Locals said Baidya-led Maoists had appealed to them through a statement to boycott Dahal´s function scheduled for Wednesday. “They seemed to have put their entire strength to foil Dahal´s function, but they failed,” said a local journalist Deep Shankar Chaulagain. Altogether 47 candidates have fielded their candidacies from two constituencies in Dolakha district. Kafle said they have provided PSOs to four candidates as per their demand.
Baidhya says poll boycott will be of ‘political nature’
KATHMANDU: CPN-Maoist Chairman Mohan Baidhya told the delegations of United Nations and European Union that his party’s protest against the Constituent Assembly election would be of ‘political nature’. During a meeting with the UN Country Representative in Nepal, Jamie McGoldrick, on Saturday morning, Baidhya said his party did not have any option except boycotting the election as the major parties deliberately excluded it from the election procedure. McGoldrick had called on the dissident leader to request to maintain peace during their campaign against the CA elections, according to a statement issued by Maoist Vice Chairman CP Gajurel. Gajurel was also present at the meeting.
Likewise, a European Union delegation led by London Green Party’s parliamentarian Jean Lambert met Baidhya this afternoon. During the meeting, Baidhya expressed his hope that the election could be postponed till a political agreement is forged. Otherwise the election would be meaningless and could not promulgate a new constitution, the statement quoted Baidhya as telling the delegates. He reiterated that the CPN-Maoist’s election boycott would be of ‘political nature.’ Of late, anti-election activities including torching vehicles and publicity materials of candidates, blocking the candidates’ electioneering programmes and planting bombs are in rise.
Police arrest Maoist cadres in Baglung
BAGLUNG, NOV 02 – Police on Saturday detained five CPN-Maoist cadres suspecting them of their involvement in torching vehicles in Baglung district. Masked men had torched a bus carrying UCPN (Maoist) cadres at Bihu-4 of the district on Wednesday night.
Police arrested CPN-Maoist affiliated ANNISU-R central member Padam Khatri, district chairman Rim Roka, Vice Chairman Shiva Shakya, Yam bahadur Gharti and Ramesh Thapa today. The UCPN (Maoist) had accused CPN-Maoist of their involvement in the incident. Meanwhile, CPN-Maoist central member Tek Bahadur KC has condemned the arrest. He has demanded to release the arrested cadres at the earliest. He has also warned to bring stern protest programme if the cadres are not released.
Candidate’s vehicle set on fire in Dhading
DHADING: Two masked youth today set afire a jeep that UCPN-Maoist Dhading constituency-1 candidate Pushpa Bikram Malla was using for his election publicity campaign.
The driver and owner of the hired vehicle, who were inside the vehicle during the arson, managed to jump off the burning vehicle, which was destroyed in the incident. The youngsters had doused the vehicle with petrol before torching it at Alainche of Muralibhanjyang VDC-4 along the Dhadingbesi-Salyantar road in Dhading. Driver Sushil Adhikary said two masked youth stopped the jeep — heading to Khahare from Dhadingbesi with election materials — poured petrol on it and set it afire while he and the jeep owner were inside.
“We jumped off the burning jeep and saved our lives,” Adhikary said. UCPN-Maoist (Dhading) has blamed the CPN-Maoist for the arson. The CPN-M has not commented on the allegation. Dhading district police office confirmed torching of a jeep. It said the District Election Office had allowed Malla to use the vehicle for transporting election materials. “A manhunt for the culprits is on,” police said.
Blasts in Salyan
SALYAN: Three bombs went off in a forest in Majhkanda-4 while the Unified CPN-Maoist leaders and activists of constituency No 2 were attending the party’s mass meeting on Friday evening in Salyan district. After the explosions, teams of Nepali Army and Nepal Police from Baluwasangrahi reached the site.