UCPN (Maoist) candidates’ vehicles torched
CHITWAN, NOV 07 – The vehicle s used for election campaign by two UCPN (Maoist) candidates have been vandalised and torched . The vehicle used by the party’s candidates Amik Sherchan and Yam Bahadur Pariyar came under attack on Wednesday night. Sherchan’s vehicle (Ba 9 Cha 7667) was attacked at local Jyotinagar in course of the door-to-door election campaign. Police said two motorcycle-borne assailants vandalised and torched Sherchan’s car at 6 p.m.
The seats are completely burnt and the windscreen of the vehicle is broken due to the attack. Similarly, an unidentified group vandalised the vehicle [Ga 1 Cha 5694] used by Pariyar at local Simaltandi last night. Pariyar is the party’s candidate from Constituency No. 1 of the district. Police have arrested Tanka Regmi, In-charge of the CPN-Maoist Area No. 5, on suspicion of his involvement in attacking Sherchan’s vehicle . RSS
Baidya holds the key to poll success in Sindhupalchowk-3
(SINDHUPALCHOWK), Nov 7: Although the agitating CPN-Maoist has become an eyesore elsewhere for the government and political parties due its anti-election activities, the splinter group of the UCPN (Maoist) is an ally to the major political parties contesting the Constituent Assembly (CA) polls in Sindhupalchowk district. As the election result is largely determined by a few hundred votes in the constituency-3 of the district, poll candidates representing the four major political parties in the constituency, Nepali Congress, the UCPN (Maoist), the CPN-UML and Rastriya Prajatantra Party are adopting all possible strategies to appease the Mohan Baidya-led Maoist group to ensure their victory in the polls.
Lately, poll candidates from these parties have invested a lot of their energy and resources to woo the Baidya group to secure decisive votes. Party insiders say though the split has made a minimal impact to the UCPN (Maoist) in constituencies-1 and 2, the Baidya-led Maoist has a relatively stronger presence in the constituency-3.
Nepal’s Maoist party asks UN not to interfere in domestic affairs
Nepal’s opposition party CPN- Maoist which is boycotting November 19 Constituent Assembly(CA) election has urged the United Nations not to interfere in the domestic political affairs of Nepal, the party said Thursday. In a strongly worded statement issued by the party’s Vice- chairman CP Gajurel who also heads the party’s international bureau, the opposition urged the UN not to give such undiplomatic statements on Nepal’s internal affairs. United Nations Resident Coordinator for Nepal Jamie MCGoldrick on the behalf of international community on Wednesday urged the CPN-Maoist to respect the universal principle of free election and not to engage in any illegal acts such as general strike.
In the statement, CPN-Maoist said preventing peaceful campaigning by others is also unlawful. The CPN-Maoist said it is a democratic and political right of the people either to boycott or take part in the election. “In the UN statement, boycotting parties have been projected as undemocratic. It is a right of citizen either to boycott or participate in the polls. So the statement is itself undemocratic one,” Gajurel said in the statement. The party added that UN’s statement is a glaring example of increasing foreign interference in Nepal. The CPN-Maoist has announced a 11-day strike ahead of November 19 election to disrupt the election.
10-day nationwide bandh may be shortened: Gajurel
KATHMANDU: The CPN-Maoist Vice-Chairman CP Gajurel hinted that the 10-day nationwide general strike called by his party to foil the upcoming Constituent Assembly (CA) could be shortened. The party has called the strike from November 11. Speaking at an interaction orgranised at the Reporters’ Club in the Capital on Thursday, Gajurel asserted that the 10-day bandh called by his party would force the government to postpone the election.
“The bandh will not be revoked completely but we may make newer strategies after analysing the country’s changing political milieu,” he said. However, talking to THT Online, Secretary Dev Gurung informed that there would not be any changes notwithstanding media reports. The Maoist leader clarified that his party would bring another round sterner protest programmes if the government fails to put off the elections at the earliest. Gajurel, on the other hand, said the bandh would not be withdrawn if government continued to showcase its inflexibility, preparing ahead for the November 19 polls.
Stating that the 10-day bandh would be a historical bandh in the country, he warned that the country might see any kind of mess after the bandh. He asserted that the bandh would not be violent and they would not raise arms to thwart the forthcoming election. “The major political parties want us to be underground but we are not going underground,” he said. He went on to say that his party would not let the public reach voting centers on the election day at any cost. Gajurel said that the new constitution would not be delivered if the election is conducted without the CPN-Maoist and warned that they would tear down a constitution promulgated in their absence.
Dev Gurung calls for postponing poll
KATHMANDU, Nov 7: CPN-Maoist Secretary Dev Gurung has called on the government to postpone the scheduled elections to the Constituent Assembly (CA) until consensus is forged to that end. Joining a tea reception organized by the party´s town committee, Kirtipur on the occasion of New Year of Nepal Sambat 1134 here on Thursday, leader Gurung argued that the elections to be held only after consensus would give solution to the problems in the country. “The CA election said to be for managing the conflict would rather fuel it if it is conducted by keeping the main component (CPN-Maoist) of the people´s war aside and I want to urge other parties to be serious towards possible consequences on time,” he said.
Democratic countries should not use army for the election, he claimed, adding that the 2008 CA elections was held without the mobilisation of Nepal Army although the country was passing through the conflict at that time. He further claimed that this election was going to be held as per the foreign instructions and without making corrections of past mistakes and it would not give the nation a new constitution. At the program organized here from where UCPN (Maoist) Chairman Pushpa Kamal Dahal is contending for the second CA election, leader Gurung accused that the UCPN (M) was not a supporter of federalism with identity.
Bombs defused at UCPN-M rally
ITAHARI: More and more UCPN-Maoist candidates are being targeted in the election campaign trail with suspect objects and improvised explosive devices. Bombs planted in different places targeting the UCPN-M Mechi-Mahakali campaign — that kicked off today — has unleashed terror among the populace in eastern Nepal. Bombs planted at various places in Jhapa and Morang along the east-west highway and adjoining areas have created a panic among the locals.
Vehicular movement was disrupted throughout today in Birat Chowk, Belbari, Pathari, Urlabari and Damak road sections due to the bombs. The route that Maoist Chief Pushpa Kamal Dahal was supposed to travel was blocked because of bombs planted at Belbari bazaar, Betana wetland and Kanepokhari forest. An army team deactivated the bombs. Likewise, an improvised explosive device was recovered from near the venue where UCPN-Maoist leader Janardan Sharma was supposed to address party’s election mass meeting in Rukum Constituency No 2 today morning. An object wrapped up in red cloth with a danger sign was found near Netabazaar of Banfikot turned out to be a bomb. A Nepali Army team defused the bomb. The bomb had unleashed terror for a while. The mass meeting was conducted amid tight security. It is suspected that the poll-opposing parties might have planted the bomb.
Govt howls high against dissenters’ anti-poll strikes
KATHMANDU: The government has said it would leave no stone unturned in foiling the nationwide general strike called by the CPN-Maoist-led 33-party alliance from November 11 to outwit the upcoming CA elections. A cabinet meeting held on Thursday evening formed a five-member ministerial committee led by Home Minister Madhav Prasad Ghimire to avoid the possible impacts of bandh and ensure security during the election.
Vehicle belonging to UCPN-M set on fire
POKHARA: An unidentified group of four people on Wednesday morning set ablaze a vehicle used by Unified CPN-Maoist candidate Ramji Baral from Kaski Constituency No 3 for election campaigning. The pick-up van was torched near a livestock farm belonging to Janak Raj Parajuli at Maswar in Pokhara-7.