Kathmandu, June 1:

Saying that the absence of the House of Representatives will create a “political vacuum”, Minister of Culture, Tourism and Civil Aviation (MoCTCA) Pradip Gyawali today appealed

to the Maoists to give up the “House dissolution” demand.

“The 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,” Gyawali said at an interaction organised by the Free Students’ Union of the Nepal Manabiki Campus.

“We have requested them to review their demand, but they have become more stubborn on the issue,” said Gyawali. “The Maoists have demanded the dissolution of the House outside the talks table.”

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. “Though the regressive forces have lost the game, they have not been uprooted. They may work hard to even the score,” said Gyawali, pointing at a spate of looting, killings and unrest in the past 15 days.

“As the government has been following the mandate given by the movement, no one should doubt its intention,” he said, adding: “The government is bringing in the HoR regulation so as to clear confusion surrounding the status of monarchy”.

Lekhnath Neupane, president of the ANNISU-R, said: “Rather than relying on political parties, the student bodies should lead the present situation to a logical end”.

The parties and the Maoists have come to a point due to their vested interests, he said, adding: “The student bodies need to pressurise the government and the Maoists to make sure they do not deviate from their aim,” said Neupane.

ANNFSU president Khimlal Bhattarai said: “Come what may, the new generation will not support the existence of monarchy in any form.” 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.