GP Koirala blamed for Maoists’ tryst with democracy

Kathmandu, October 26:

President of Rastriya Prajatantra Party-Nepal Kamal Thapa said today that democracy along with monarchy would be the best way to prevent Left extremists from capturing the state power. He also accused Nepali Congress president GP Koirala of putting democracy into the trap of leftist extremism.

Addressing a programme organised here, Thapa also called for a broader democratic alliance to counter with the Maoist’s agenda of People’s Republic, the motive of which, he said, was to impose an authoritarian regime.

Thapa also accused NC president GP Koirala of harping on launching a national campaign against the Maoist agenda of People’s Republic only after his party, the NC, was ousted from the power through the election. He said the Maoists never said they believed in parliamentary democracy, rather they just expressed commitment to multiparty democracy.

“It is regrettable that the NC looked over the Maoist motive when it was in power and cohabitated with them till the CA polls,” Thapa said, adding: “It is GP Koirala, who put the democratic system into the trap of Leftist extremism.”

He said the NC lost its identity when it abandoned its long-held two-pillar theory of constitutional monarchy and multiparty democracy championed by the late BP Koirala.

On integration of Maoist combatants into the national army, Thapa said the Maoists were dragging other parties to the issue and integration was not their priority.

“The Maoists do not want to integrate their force into the national army. But they have made other parties raise voice against the adjustment plan,” he said.