Maoists boycott house debate

KATHMANDU: Saying that the government had “unconstitutional foundation” and it was unable to tackle country’s burning issues, the UCPN-Maoist Sunday boycotted the discussions on the policies and programmes of the government. The party said that a national consensus government was the only solution to proceed with the peace process smoothly.

The Maoist lawmakers did not participate in the discussion of the policies and programmes at today’s meeting. All of them walked out of the meeting before the discussions got started.

Maoist CA member Dr Baburam Bhattarai, asking time before the discussions were initiated, criticised the government and its policies and programmes. “Since the government was formed on unconstitutional foundation and is just puppet one, it is unable to address the country’s major agenda, including the peace process. So there is no meaning to discuss on the document. We want to reject it outright,” he said.

Dr Bhattarai said the policies and programmes included populist slogans. He dubbed it as a vessel full of poison with some sweets on the top. He accused the government of trying to isolate the Maoists from the peace process and said, “The peace process can not reach its destination by isolating the Maoists, who share one of its halves.”

Dr. Bhattarai said that the policies and programmes undermined the Maoist’s People’s Liberation Army combatants. In another context, he said that pro-monarchist thinking was rising in the Nepali Army.

Civilian supremacy tops agenda

KATHMANDU: Thirteen state committee secretaries commented on the political document submitted by the chairman of the Unified CPN-Maoist Pushpa Kamal Dahal ‘Prachanda’ during the central committee meeting of the party held at its office in Paris Danda, Koteswor, on Sunday. Interacting with mediapersons after the meeting, party chairman Dahal said that the meeting would conclude within few days. Maoist spokesperson Dinanath Sharma said that the central committee members had dwelt on how to launch the Maoists’ struggle for people’s supremacy, maintain peace and order and the political document presented by the chairman. He informed that another round of discussions would be held over the political document. —HNS