Kathmandu, December 21;

Leaders of the CPN-Maoist and some partners of the ruling seven-party alliance today termed the appointment of ambassadors as a ‘conspiracy’ to prevent constituent assembly (CA) elections. They warned that such “unilateral” decisions would be detrimental to the ongoing peace process.

The leaders of the CPN-Maoist, Nepali Congress (Democratic), Nepal Sadbhawana Party (Anandidevi) and Janamorcha Nepal said they smelt rat in the decision to appoint 14 envoys.

Addressing an interaction organised by the Sambad Club here today, CPN-Maoist central committee member Devendra Poudel alias Sunil warned that if the government continued to expose such an attitudes, the Maoists would not keep quiet. He added that his party was still “powerful” to capture all village development committees (VDCs) and the district development committees (DDCs). “Withdraw the unilateral decision immediately or face a whirlwind of a peaceful movement,” Sunil warned the government while labelling the decision to appoint envoys as a “ploy” to foil the CA polls.

NC-D general-secretary Bimalendra Nidhi and vice-president of the Nepal Sadbhawana Party (Anandidevi) Bharat Bimal Yadav said the decision about envoys’ appointment was made without consulting their parties.

Leela Mani Pokhrel, vice-president of the Janamorcha Nepal, said: “Even Cabinet ministers told me they were not aware of the agendas of the (Cabinet)meeting that day.”

“All acts have been pre-planned by certain forces to foil the CA polls,” Pokhrel said adding that such planning was aimed at saving monarchy.

NC leader Arjun Narsingh KC, however, differed with other leaders’ views saying that the issue of appointment of ambassadors was not an issue to be given so much of importance. KC added that the government should immediately respond to the warnings coming from the Maoists and resolve it through talks.