Communists turning autocratic: Paudel

Pokhara, May 30

Senior Nepali Congress leader Ramchandra Paudel today argued that the ruling Nepal Communist Party was showing autocratic tendency by boasting of its two-thirds majority in the Parliament.

Speaking at a programme organised by Democratic Professors Association Nepal central working committee of Province 4 in Pokhara today, Paudel said the communist forces represented anti-parliamentary ruling system of the past. “It seems as if they are heading towards scrapping the parliamentary system. The recent policies and plans of the government also hint at the same,” he said. He said that the budget was not clear on different headings and it was confusing whether the allocations were for the local or federal government.

Paudel underscored the need to move ahead with unity in the party that had been in the forefront for the past seven decades. “It is a matter of humiliation for the party to undergo such a great loss in the last elections. Hence, there is no alternative but to make needful rectifications in the party by rising above personal interests. The party was not defeated at the level of the people, but the leadership and its organisation was defeated,” argued Paudel.

Indicating party President Sher Bahadur Deuba, Paudel said that the party leadership had failed to ensure justice for honest activists. “Justice, transparency, impartiality and fair evaluation of leaders and activists of the party is a must,” he said.

Meanwhile, General Secretary Shashank Koirala said the strength of party was declining due to growing factionalism. “I am ready to play any sort of role to end such intra-party factionalism. The party can move ahead only when it becomes one,” said Koirala.

He accused the ruling Nepal Communist Party of trying to impose communism in order to hold power. “It is only the Nepali Congress that can protect democracy in the country,” said Koirala. He said it was his party which could lead the country towards development and prosperity.