Leaders hope New Year will bring lasting peace, stability to nation

Himalayan News Service

Kathmandu, April 13:

Leaders of various political parties today hoped that New Year 2062 would help end political deadlock and establish peace in the country.

Former minister and central working committee member of the Nepali Congress (Democratic), Hom Nath Dahal, said since peace and democracy are synonymous, New Year ought to help establish a democratic process and peace in the country.

Talking to this daily, Dahal said political leaders should vow to work for the people and the country, adding the leaders must cleanse themselves.

Central working committee member of Rastriya Prajatantra Party, Bhuwan Pathak, hoped New Year would help restore peace. He urged all political parties to cooperate with the King to strengthen the democratic process and initiate general elections.

“Since the environment is becoming conducive for holding elections, all parties should cooperate with the King for multi-party democracy and constitutional monarchy,” Pathak added.

Central working committee member of Nepali Congress, Mahesh Acharya, said that Nepal should make a resolution to end all the “multi-dimensional” problems dogging it.

Acting president of the Nepali Congress (Democratic), Gopalman Shrestha, said the King would not roll things back to democracy unless the five-party alliance intensifies its peceful agitation on a nationwide scale.

“It is necessary to launch a national peaceful movement so that an environment can be created for meaningful dialogue with the King,” Shrestha said, addressing a tea-party hosted by the Nepal Dalit Sangh on the occasion of New Year 2062 BS at the NC-D central office, Maharajgunj.

Shrestha said democratic forces would not hold talks with the King unless all leaders of all the political parties, including CPN-UML secretary general Madhav Kumar Nepal, human rights activists and journalists are set free. All are under house arrest.

NC-D general secretary Bijaya Kumar Gachhedar said that the international community had shown serious concern over deteriorating human rights situation in Nepal.

Gachhedar added that democratic forces would not compromise with the King on the issues of democracy and human rights.