Tanahun, November 9:

Now that the issue of management of Maoist arms has been settled, those carrying weapons will be labelled as criminals, Minister for Local Development Rajendra Pandey said today.

Speaking at a function to mark the 20th anniversary of Bhanu Bhakta Multiple Campus at Belchautara, he said, “Agreement has been reached to lock up Maoists weapons under UN inspection and if anybody touches the weapons a warning siren will ring, so anybody found in possession of a weapon will be a criminal.”

The first meeting of a constituent assembly (CA) will take a final decision on monarchy, said Pandey, adding that people will cast their vote in the elections without fear.

Political party cadres should go to each and every household in the villages to explain the essence and meaning of a constituent assembly, he said, adding that there will be representation of all sectors of society in the new constitution.

Voices are being raised that anyone crossing 16 years of age should be given an opportunity to cast vote in the CA polls, but for this the existing laws need to be amended, he said.

He also said that the MoLD has forwarded a proposal to declare 41 new municipalities to the Cabinet.