Big Four behind impasse: CPN-U

Kathmandu, August 9:

Constituent Assembly members of the Communist Party of Nepal (United) said today that the four major parties were to blame for the current political deadlock.

Addressing a programme organised by Nepal Women’s Federation, CPN-United president Chandra Dev Joshi said disagreement among the four big parties had caused political instability.

Accusing the parties of ignoring people’s aspirations, he said the four parties were merely focusing on a power-sharing deal. The national government should be formed incorporating all the 26 parties, he said.

Being the largest party in the Constituent Assembly, the CPN-Maoist should lead the government, he said, adding that federalism should be adopted to resolve problems facing the nation.

CPN-U general secretary Ganesh Shah called on women to fight for their rights. He called for proportional representation of women in every sector.

Shah said the new constitution should incorporate women’s aspirations. “Women’s right to education, health, and employment should be guaranteed,” he said.

Raghab Bir Joshi, a hearing-impaired CA member, said he was working to ensure the right of the hearing-impaired. Deprived of their rights, the hearing-impaired have been living in miseries, he said.CA member Kalpana Pant said they have been working to ensure women’s rights.

“We want the new constitution to reserve 50 per cent reservation for women.”

Minister for Local Development Dev Gurung today held the Nepali Congress responsible for the ongoing political deadlock.

“We need to continue with our struggle against feudalism, imperialism and expansionism. The Janabadi revolution is nearing completion,” he said.

Gurung was addressing the second gathering of Syangja-Kathmandu Republican Forum (SKRF).

Syangja district in-charge of CPN-Maoist Ramesh Sigdel said the role of intellectuals, bureaucracy and the middle class people would be crucial to take the revolution to its logical conclusion. CA members Amrita Thapa Magar called for the formation of an alliance comprising progressive CA members.

The gathering elected a 35-member SKRF executive committee headed by Indra Dhoj Gurung.