Dahal hopeful of unity govt soon

BIRATNAGAR/DHARA: Unified CPN-Maoist chairman Pushpa Kamal Dahal ‘Prachanda’ today said discussions were already initiated for the formation of a new government under the leadership of his party. Talking to mediapersons in Biratnagar, Dahal said he would soon discuss the issue of forming a national unity government under the leadership of UCPN-M with NC president Girija Prasad Koirala. Even though Dahal didn’t elaborate on the discussions held within the UCPN-M, he said that the government led by his party would soon be formed.

“Formation of a Maoist-led government is a must to take the peace process to a logical conclusion and draft the constitution,” he said, adding that it would be very difficult to draft the new constitution according to the performance of the present government. He also said the last minute decision of Foreign Minister Sujata Koirala to cancel her Inda visit accompanying PM Nepal showed the dissatisfaction of the NC towards the UML-led government. The inability to revise the Trade and Transit Treaty with India is yet another sign of the failure of the government, he said.

While, addressing a press conference organised by the Sunsari chapter of Revolutionary Journalists’ Association in Dharan, chairman Dahal claimed that the formation of the Maoist-led government would soon be a reality. “The government led by Madhav Kumar Nepal could not revise the Nepal-India Trade and Transit Treaty as it is the government of losers,” he claimed. “We will establish people’s supremacy by solving the issue related to the unconstitutional move of the president through the parliament,” Dahal said.

He reiterated that the decision of Foreign Minister Sujata Koirala not to accompany the PM in his visit to India had disgraced the nation and showed the weakness of the government. He said that the Maoist movement would continue until the unconstitutional move of the President was corrected. He also opined that a provision of dual citizenship should be introduced to the ex-Gurkhas who have got residential visa from Britain.

Dahal arrived in Dharan today to attend the training programme organised by the Kochila Rajya Samiti.