'Maoists' lust for power stalls peace'

KATHMANDU: Nepali Congress Parliamentary Party leader Ram Chandra Paudel today said that the stalled peace process and process of writing new constitution would not move ahead until the Unified CPN-Maoist gives up greed for power.

"The process of writing new constitution can not move forward until the UCPN-M, the largest party, is ready for that. To make matter worse, the party is running for the power, which has stalled the whole peace process," Paudel said at Tribhuvan International Airport before leaving for weeklong Japan visit.

Attributing the Maoists for hanging the peace process in the balance, he said, "The Maoists, in the meetings of High Level Political Mechanism (HLPM), are blocking all political decisions that should be taken by major parties by posing the one-point demand of forming new coalition led by it."

"The UCPN-M, for instance, is not accepting to provision Nepali language as the contact language of the country in the new constitution," Paudel said. The HLPM's meetings have been unable to make achievements in recent days because of the Maoists' unwillingness to settle contentious national issues before it reaches to the power.

Paudel accused the Maoists of making efforts for preventing the promulgation of new constitution by May 28.

The NC Vice-President said that the NC would fix new date for convening its 12th general convention within a couple of days after settling the internal disputes. The disputes are surfacing in eight districts regarding the merger of two congresses following the merger two and half years ago. The party is unable to hold its convention although the tenure of its all-level working committees expired one and half years ago.

Paudel informed that the NC and CPN-UML are seriously discussing to make appointments in vacant posts of the government's different bodies at the earliest. "Even today we discussed on the matter and we are about to reach consensus," he added.

Different posts of the constitutional bodies including Commission for Investigation of Abuse of Authority (CIAA) and the post of governor are lying vacant for about three years.