Says curbing crime by 50 pc a fortnightâ€™s job
Kathmandu, August 1:
Standing committee member of the CPN-UML Bamdev Gautam today said the law and order situation across the country will not improve as long as the Home Ministry remains with the Nepali Congress.
â€œInstances of killing, abduction and extortion, including the Gaur massacre, suggest that the Home Ministry handled by the NC has failed to restore law and order.â€â€œIf the UML is given the ministry, we will bring down such incidents by 50 per cent within a fortnight.â€ He said the royalists will take advantage of the situation if CA elections are not held on November 22.
â€œThe NC now doubts holding the elections and is raising the issue of the deteriorating law and order situation, while the Maoists are insisting on declaring a republic before the polls. But both the assertions are wrong when the nation is gearing up for the polls,â€ he said at the Reportersâ€™ Club.
Asked about the possibility of a Left alliance before the polls, Gautam said the eight parties must make an alliance for a republic. â€œWe are just waiting for the NC and others to come up with their official stance on a republic. If they do not decide on it, the Leftist alliance may not be ruled out,â€ he said.
On the high-handedness of the Young Communist League, Gautam urged the Maoist leadership to bring about changes so that the group plays the role of a youth wing of the party, rather than a militia outfit.
NC leader Arjun Narsingh KC said the polls should be held in such a manner that they are acceptable nationally and internationally. He said he doesnâ€™t agree with party president and PM Girija Prasad Koiralaâ€™s assertion that â€œin abnormal situations, elections will also be held in an abnormal way.â€ â€œAbnormal electionsâ€ will have no legitimacy, he said.
KC said deployment of the army in the Tarai will further complicate matters.
Dr Indrajit Rai, a military expert, however, suggested the government deploy the army before and during the polls. â€œNepali Army should be deployed in the Tarai following a consensus among the parties so as to compel the armed groups to come to the talks table.â€ He warned that many candidates could be killed and election booths captured in many places if the army was not deployed during the elections.