Kathmandu, June 1:
Saying that the absence of the House of Representatives will create a â€œpolitical vacuumâ€, Minister of Culture, Tourism and Civil Aviation (MoCTCA) Pradip Gyawali today appealed
to the Maoists to give up the â€œHouse dissolutionâ€ demand.
â€œThe dissolution of the House of Representative (HoR) will create a political vacuum. The regressive forces can take advantage of the situation and conspire against the present government,â€ Gyawali said at an interaction organised by the Free Studentsâ€™ Union of the Nepal Manabiki Campus.
â€œWe have requested them to review their demand, but they have become more stubborn on the issue,â€ said Gyawali. â€œThe Maoists have demanded the dissolution of the House outside the talks table.â€
Social reform through the formation of a Constituent Assembly is the major concern, he said, time has come for all concerned to work hard on the formation of a Constituent Assembly through an election.
The government has been facing grave challenges in institutionalising the outcomes of the movement, he said. â€œThough the regressive forces have lost the game, they have not been uprooted. They may work hard to even the score,â€ said Gyawali, pointing at a spate of looting, killings and unrest in the past 15 days.
â€œAs the government has been following the mandate given by the movement, no one should doubt its intention,â€ he said, adding: â€œThe government is bringing in the HoR regulation so as to clear confusion surrounding the status of monarchyâ€.
Lekhnath Neupane, president of the ANNISU-R, said: â€œRather than relying on political parties, the student bodies should lead the present situation to a logical endâ€.
The parties and the Maoists have come to a point due to their vested interests, he said, adding: â€œThe student bodies need to pressurise the government and the Maoists to make sure they do not deviate from their aim,â€ said Neupane.
ANNFSU president Khimlal Bhattarai said: â€œCome what may, the new generation will not support the existence of monarchy in any form.â€ Kishor Singh Rathore, chairman of the NC (D)-affiliated NSU, said a very few people have understood the concept of the Constituent Assembly. He stressed the need to generate awareness on the assembly.