CPN-Maoist to declare CA illegal
TIKA R PRADHAN
KATHMANDU: The Mohan Baidhya-led CPN-Maoist is preparing to declare the new Constituent Assembly ‘illegal’ at its extended central committee meeting that begins on Sunday. The party’s impending move comes as no surprise as it had led a CA poll boycott campaign of a 33-party alliance in the lead-up to the vote. More than 200 leaders, including 151 central committee members and 50 central advisers, will take part in the meeting for which the party will seek a suitable venue for want of space at the party’s Buddhanagar-based headquarters.
According to CPN-leaders, party Chairman Baidhya will present a written proposal at the meeting proposing that the party should go for a struggle discarding the CA and declaring it illegal. Baidhya will also propose that the party should not accept nominated seats offered to join the CA regardless of the size of the offer. CPN-M leaders have already said they will neither join CA nor the government regardless the number of CA seats they are offered.
The party’s politburo members had recently endorsed the leadership’s proposal to that effect at a recent meeting. Following a routing of the Unified CPN-Maoist in the elections, the CPN-M was waiting how the Pushpa Kamal Dahal-led party will react. The Dahal-led party has been buying time by sending leaders to their respective constituencies for one month. By the time these leaders return for the next central committee meeting scheduled for December 24, the other parties, including the CPN-M and the 33-party alliance, will take a concrete step ahead so as to enable the UCPN-M to take an appropriate decision.
Gajurel rules out unification with UCPN (Maoist)
KATHMANDU, Dec. 7: Vice-Chairman of the CPN-Maoist, CP Gajurel, has ruled out possibility of party´s unification with the UCPN-Maoist. “There was no meaning in forging alliance with the UCPN-Maoist, from which we walked away last year,” he said, adding that the UCPN-Maoist was an opportunist party. At an interaction organized in the capital on Saturday, Vice-Chairman Gajurel wondered how could the party that claimed the Constituent Assembly an epoch-making event some hour earlier and argued rigging in course of vote count in the midnight, be a clean one. It is opportunistic character of the UCPN-Maoist, he stressed.
However, he said if it agreed in roundtable conference, the CPN-Maoist would talk of unity with this party. He argued that new Constituent Assembly can´t deliver constitution. “Is our party a civil society and gets 26 seats?” he said, adding that consensus and collaboration among all parties was essential to make constitution.
SSB camps rife alongside no-man’s land
ILAM, Dec 7: Local authorities are concerned as the eastern no-man´s-land area is now filled with security camps of India´s Sashastra Seema Bal (SSB, armed border force). More than 30 dozen SSB security camps are in place from Galgaliya, which is contiguous to Jhapa, to Chiwa Bhanjyang in Panchthar district. With the inadequate presence of Nepali security personnel at a time when SSB activity is on the rise, Nepalis in the border area have felt insecure for many years now. http://www.myrepublica.com/portal/index.php?action=news_details&news_id=65742