CPN-Maoist demands cadres’ release
KATHMANDU: The CPN-Maoist on Sunday demonstrated in the capital city, demanding the release of its cadres and leaders arrested in accusation of the murder of journalist Dekendra Thapa. A protest rally begun from the Shantibatika was taken to Bagbazar, Putalisadak, Shahid Gate, New Road and Juddhaa Salik area and converged into a gathering. The participant at the gathering chanted slogans as withdraw war-time cases, release arrested on Dekendra’s murder case, form TRC.
Addressing the gathering, central member of the party, Dinesh Sharma, warned that if the cases of conflict period were rediscovered, the country would go back to conflict again. Similarly, Chairman of Nepal Teachers’ Organisation affiliated to the CPN-Maoist, Guna Raj Lohani, accused the journalist of disseminating the news about the Dailekh incident in a one-sided way.
Lalitpur academic institutions remain closed
LALITPUR: All the academic institutions in Lalitpur district remained closed on Sunday owing to the protests by All Nepal Teachers’ Organisation and ANNISU (Revolutionary) close to the CPN-Maoist. The Association has accused the DAV Sushil Kedia Bishwa Bharati Higher Secondary School of following Indian textbooks and expelling three teachers with no cause. President of the Guardians’ Association Nepal Suprabhat Bhandari said although the association was urged not to include the school closure programme as part of the protest, the call fell on deaf ears.
The announcement of the educational strike in Lalitpur has been a violation of the government proclamation of the ‘School as a Zone of Peace’ campaign. According to District Education Officer of Lalitpur, Mankaji Shrestha, various rounds of talks between the two sides remained fruitless. Around 600 government and private academic institutions in Lalitpur are in operation in Lalitpur.
Baidya bats for roundtable conference
BUTWAL, Feb 10: CPN-Maoist Chairman Mohan Baidya has reiterated that a roundtable conference was an appropriate option to end the ongoing political deadlock. At a news conference organized by Revolutionary Journalists´ Federation Abadh State Committee here on Sunday, Baidya said the party would take to the streets if a consensus was not forged through the roundtable conference and Bhattarai-led government was in power.
Baidya, also known as a hardliner communist, said that the protest programmes of the Nepali Congress and CPN -UML were just for remaining in power, as they were not centered on any concrete issues. Saying that issue of national independence was the most complex one, the CPN-Maoist Chairman said the party would launch protest for the defense of national independence.
“Party´s recently concluded general convention has decided to go for a struggle regarding the issues of nationality and people´s livelihood. The party will move forward for its implementation,” Baidya added. Commenting on the political document tabled by UCPN (Maoist) Chairman Pushpa Kamal Dahal in the party´s seventh national congress held in Hetauda, Baidya said that proposal for a referendum on disputed border issues was anti-national. Baidya also said that Dahal´s proposal to form a Chief Justice-led government was irrelevant. On a separate context, Baidya also ruled out the possibility of unification between the UCPN (Maoist) and CPN-Maoist under present circumstances.