Delay in implementing deal riles CPN-MC

Kathmandu, July 3

The nine-point agreement between the ruling CPN-UML and major coalition partner CPN-Maoist Centre that gave new lease of life to the KP Sharma Oli-led government is taking its toll.

On May 5, PM Oli and CPN-MC Chairman Pushpa Kamal Dahal had signed the pact, but the Maoist leaders have been claiming that delay in addressing the major concerns of the party has irked the leaders, especially Dahal.

However, UML claims that Dahal was only keen on premiership and was getting restless.

PM’s Political Adviser Bishnu Rimal said delay in implementation was not because the party was not committed, but the government was more focused on reconstruction work.

“The government does not have the time to turn pages of nine-point agreement, as it has so many important things to do,” he said, adding that the government was gradually implementing the pact, as it was bound to it.

He, however, alleged that Dahal himself was not honest in implementing the pact, as he had been running here and there and signing agreements.

On the other hand, CPN-MC leader Narayan Kaji Shrestha said very little had been done to implement the agreement. “The government has promised to provide Rs 200,000 to the disqualified combatants, increase the treatment amount for the injured and provide the remaining amount to martyrs’ families,” he said.

According to Shrestha, the government has often dwelt on the possibility of amending the Truth and Reconciliation Commission Bill but has not yet finalised anything. “It won’t be fair to say that nothing has been done to implement the agreement, but there is no concrete result for the people to see,” he said.

He claimed it was true that the government was indifferent to the issues, including the management of land transactions during the conflict period.