CPN Maoist declared ‘People’s Constitution’ of Nepal
Today the CPN Maoists declared a People’s Constitution in a rally attended by thousands of people. The ‘People’s Constitution of Nepal’ has 82 clauses. The rally started and ended in Ratna Park; in the central part of Kathmandu. The opening address was by politburo member Anil Sharma “Birahi”. Rally that marched around the city was led by Khadga Bahadur Bishwokarma ‘Prakanda’, standing committee member of CPN Maoist Birahi said in his speech that the mainstream parties have betrayed the agreements that were signed during the people’s war.
Hence it has been deemed mandatory to come out with a people’s constitution. The entire document was read by Santosh Budha Magar; politburo member and former chief of the state of Magarat during the people’s war. After the entire constitution was read; there was a speech by CPN Maoist standing committee member and spokesperson Khadga Bahadur Bishwakarma “Prakanda”. “The constitution that will be declared tomorrow has omitted people’s rights and is discriminatory towards women, indigenous groups, the working class and marginalised people in general. This constitution is more regressive than the interim constitution in place right now. It only aims to serve a certain class of people who serve the three major ruling parties.” said Prakanda.
The program ended with Birahi ”We have already had a government and constitution during the people’s war so its not anything new for us to implement a people’s constitution.” He went on to challenge the Nepali state by ending the program “Tomorrow will be the day that, officially, the 12 point agreement will have been broken by the major parties. This then paves the path for us to restart the people’s war.” CPN Maoists have declared a general strike starting 5am tomorrow morning to defy Nepal government’s constitution declaration day.
CPN Maoist cadres torch truck in Tanahun
DAMAULI: Netra Bikram Chand led CPN Maoist set ablaze a truck for defying a strike in Ghasikuwa of Tanahun district on Sunday. According to SP Mohan Kumar Acharya, a team of seven to eight agitators torched the truck (Na 1 Ka 3360) this morning. The driver of the truck has been identified as Dhal Bahadur Ale Magar (47). The truck was heading towards Narayangarh from Pokhara. Police informed that the truck was partially damaged by arson. SP Acharya said that they have intensified a search operation to nab the wrongdoers.
A street wears a deserted look in bandh called by CPN Maoist led by Netra Bikram Chand (Biplap) in New Road, Pokhara on Sunday, September 20, 2015.
Protests over new Nepal constitution vindicate India’s position
At the highest levels in the Government of India, Nepal’s new constitution and the manner in which it has been pushed through is being viewed as ‘a major problem’ that could lead to strife and conflict right across the open border, top sources have said. Nepal’s top political leadership may not have listened to foreign secretary S Jaishankar’s advice to take dissenting forces on board before constitution promulgation. But Delhi feels that mass protests across the Tarai as well as the police killing of a protester in the bordering town of Birgunj have vindicated its position that Nepali leaders were playing with fire.
Delhi noted the ‘promulgation of a constitution’, but it refrained from welcoming it on Sunday. The use of the phrase ‘a’ is seen as significant, for India does not see it as the definitive document it is meant to be. India is upset with the Nepali political elite’s false assurances to India and amused at its opportunistic use of the ‘nationalism’ card. It is also clear there is no alternative to a substantial review and amendment of the constitution. And it feels there is no durable solution without taking Madhesi, Tharu and Janjati concerns on board. At the moment, no Tarai party has signed the constitution.
At least three bomb hoaxes exposed
KATHMANDU: A joint team deployed from Nepal Police and Nepal Army has seized suspicious objects in Lalitpur and Kathmandu on Sunday. Police said that they found suspicious objects from Suzuki Mode and Talchhikhel of Lalitpur and from Ravibhawan and Thankot-based Tribhuwan Park of Kathmandu. However, in their investigation, they found out that the reports were just bomb hoaxes.
In Suzuki Mode, a box covered in a red cloth was found, but instead of a bomb, the bomb disposal team found a CPN Maoist’s pamphlet and an empty 10-litre gallon inside the box. Likewise, from Ravibhawan, a pink coloured bag marked ‘Danger’ was found, filled with brick and mud. Meanwhile, an unidentified object wrapped in a red cloth found from Tribhuwan Park contained plastic and paper, instead of explosives.
Nepal Banda affects life
Dang, Nepal – Nationwide general strike (Nepal Banda) called by Netra Bikram Chanda led Maoist has affected normal life in various districts. However, the effect of Nepal Banda is not seen in Kathmandu. Though the vehicular movements are common in Kathmandu, some outer districts particularly the western Nepal is affected from the strike. It is said that minor scuffle was erupted between the Banda enforcers and the Nepal police of Sunday morning. Likewise, a cylinder bomb went off at Area Police Station, Lamahi, Dang. It is said that the agitating Chanda led Maoist would have planted the bomb.
6 bandh enforcers arrested in Lamjung
LAMJUNG: Police have arrested six bandh enforcers of different political parties from Bisheshwor of Lamjung on Sunday. Police informed that a cadre from United Democratic Madhesi Front, two from Federal Socialist Forum-Nepal and three from CPN-Maoist were arrested from different parts of Bisheshwor for enforcing the bandh. The arrested cadres have been sent to the District Police Office, Lamjung for further investigations.