Baidya spews venom against energy agreement with India
POKHARA, Aug 20: CPN (Maoist) Chairman Mohan Baidya has claimed that Power Trade Agreement (PTA) and Project Development Agreement (PDA) won’t be signed with India. Blaming that India is attempting to exploit Nepal’s natural resources in pretext of energy cooperation, Baidya on Wednesday announced that his party won’t let Nepal and India ink the agreement at any cost. “Our protest forced them to put off signing of PTA and PDA during recent visit by Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi,” he claimed, “They agreed to sign the agreement within 45days, but we won’t let this happen this time too.” On the occasion, the Maoist hardliner termed visit by Indian PM as a complete failure.
CPN-M worker union threatens to close trekking companies
KATHMANDU, Aug 19: Tourism workers affiliated to the Mohan Baidya-led CPN-Maoist has threatened to padlock more than a dozen travel and trekking companies. All Nepal Revolutionary Tourism Union (ANRTWU) has sent letters to different travel and trekking companies, urging them to provide all pending salary and benefits to workers at the earliest. It has also asked these companies not to adopt ´hire and fire´ policy and requested it to reinstate all the fired staff members.
The union has sent letters to 14 companies, including Himalaya Expeditions, Explore Himalaya, Peak Promotion and Himalayan Guides, among others. Avisekh Pande, deputy managing director of Himalaya Expeditions, said workers affiliated with the union chanted slogans at the company´s Sanepa-based office on Tuesday, asking the management to fulfill all their demands at the earliest. He also said the workers have been threatening to take life of the company´s legal advisor.
“As trekking and mountaineering activities are seasonal, we pay the workers accordingly. But they have been asking us to pay annual salary and benefits which is not practical,” Pande said, adding, “We can only pay the workers when they go on trekking or mountaineering expeditions.” Senior tourism entrepreneur Bikram Pande said threats and impractical demands will hamper the overall tourism industry. “Those who put forward such impractical demands cannot be called workers,” said Bikram. Meanwhile, Trekking Agencies Association of Nepal (TAAN) – the umbrella body of trekking agents in the country – has said it take appropriate decision to counter such threats.
Kantipur condemns Maoist attempt to obstruct publications
KATHMANDU, AUG 20 – The Kantipur Publications has expressed serious concern over the ongoing obstruction by CPN-Maoist-affiliated trade union with the intention to stop printing and distribution of its national dailies–Kantipur and The Kathmandu Post. The CPN-Maoist-aligned All Nepal Revolutionary Press and Publication Union has been trying to stop and obstruct the printing and distribution of newspapers, putting forth unfair demands, the publications said in a statement on Wednesday. Guided by political motivation, the trade union aligned to Mohan Baidya -led CPN-Maoist has been carrying out the unlawful practice with support from union members who are not affiliated with Kantipur Publications, it said.
The publications has urged the CPN-Maoist and its Chairman Mohan Baidya to stop the undemocratic and unlawful practices. The Kantipur management has always been ready to hold talks with the authorised trade union as long as they follow the due process, the statement said. “The group will be held accountable for any ensuing situation should it try to obstruct printing and distribution of the newspapers. Kantipur Publications will always remain committed to its responsibility of keeping the readers informed,” it added. The publications has called for solidarity from all against the undemocratic practices started with the intent of infringing on press freedom and serving certain political interest.
Baidhya suspicious of people’s statute
CHITWAN: CPN-Maoist Chairman Mohan Baidhya said, today, that the present Constituent Assembly would not be able to promulgate a people’s constitution. Speaking to media representatives in Bharatpur of Chitwan, Baidhya claimed that the present CA wouldn’t succeed in delivering a constitution as per the aspirations of people by excluding a major chunk of the decade-long struggle. He further said that CA members were performing orchestra in the name of drafting new laws.
He said promulgation of the new constitution was not possible without settling the ongoing conflicts through consensus. “The country can’t be relieved from the present political crisis because the parties are not ready to give up their interest,” he argued. Baidhya also said the major parties had not implemented any agreement they had reached in the past and that was the main reason behind failed consensus among parties. “The country can’t free itself from political deadlock without struggle. Hence, we are inclined towards the modality of a new struggle,” he said.
Baidhya further clarified that his party had reached consensus with the Unified CPN-Maoist only on national issues and not for drafting the constitution. He also warned the rival party that there was no chance of party unification if it decided to go ahead unilaterally.