Adhikari blasts govt talks team for forming statute panel

Biratnagar, June 29 :

Standing Committee member of the CPN-UML, Bharat Mohan Adhikari, today came down heavily on the government talks team for forming the Interim Constitution Drafting Committee.

Speaking at a press meet organised by Press Chautari, Morang, here today, Adhikari said: “Drafting of a new constitution is not the job of the talks team; it can only give recommendations to the House of Representatives.”

Stating that management of weapons of both the Nepal Army and the People’s Liberation Army was the main problem of the country, Adhikari said all sides must focus on solving the problem. “The government and Maoists both should give priority to restoring peace in the country.” “The government and Maoists must vow not to violate the peace agreement, the ceasefire agreement and fundamental human rights,” Adhikari said, adding that the management of state and the Maoist army and their arms should be done after which democracy and peace would be established in the country.”

Accusing the rebels of breaching the 25-point code of conduct, he said: “Although Maoists have signed different agreements, they have continued acts of abductions, violence, extortion and arms display.”

“Maoists should implement the 25-point code of conduct in practice and keep their word,” Adhikari said.

He was of the view that the United Nations should monitor the ceasefire code of conduct and other agreements. Criticising the government,he said: “Ministers are working without any cooperation. All political leaders should have been at least informed when Home Minister Krishna Sitaula went to meet Maoist supremo Prachanda in Pokhara and when the summit talks were held,” he said, adding that the government should do adequate homework before taking any step.