Maoists to zero in on timely constitution

KATHMANDU: Claiming that the recent statements of ex-king Gyanendra Shah, former Prime Minister Krishna Prasad Bhattarai and the leader of Bharatiya Janata Party Rajnath Singh were against peace and constitution, Unified CPN-Maoist Standing Committee meeting today decided to use all its strength for timely statute.

Emerging from the meeting held at party headquarters in Paris Danda this evening, Narayan Kaji Shrestha ‘Prakash’ said, “We decided to centralise our strength for timely statute and defeat the regressive forces that have been hatching conspiracy against peace and constitution-drafting processes.” He added “We will also put forth the issue of ongoing conspiracy against the constitution and peace at the meeting of High Level Political Mechanism on Tuesday.”

UCPN-M Vice-chairman Shrestha also said the meeting decided to shoulder the responsibility peace and statute-drafting processes. After the demise of Nepali Congress President Girija Prasad Koirala, the responsibility is ours, reasoned Prakash.

Shrestha further said that the meeting also decided to urge Constituent Assembly Chairman Subash Chandra Nembang to seek consensus among political parties officially for the timely statute if the Maoists’ attempt failed.

However, in the last meeting the Maoist had demanded that the incumbent government must be dissolved.

Meanwhile, the Standing Committee has also directed in-charge, joint in-charge and secretary of the Newa State Committee (NSC) to resolve the differences among the party rank and file.

The meeting decided to let the office bearers of the party to resolve the dispute among the leaders of All Nepal Trade Union Federation. The party had formed a probe committee after the dispute turned into muscle-flexing among the workers of the two factions in the ANTUF.

The meeting will continue tomorrow as well.