Implementation of historic pact sought

Kathmandu, November 9:

Members of Parliament and leaders of the Seven Party Alliance (SPA) today sought honest implementation of the recent agreement between the SPA and the Maoists.

Addressing the parliament, General Secretary of the CPN UML Madhav Kumar Nepal stressed the need to implement the agreement, which he said will help make a new Nepal. “This is a historic agreement which has led to the restoration of peace in the country,” Nepal said. He also said the pact was not signed to decide on whether or not to change the leadership of the government so it is unnecessary to publicly discuss on the issue.

“It is surprising that some people have been accusing the UML of supporting the bourgeoisie,” he said, adding that the UML is a progressive and revolutionary force and it has always been standing for progressive development. NC leader Ram Chandra Paudel said the upcoming interim parliament would be a continuation of the current parliament and the interim legislature would exercise the power of sovereignty in the nation by respecting the peoples’ rights.

NC (D) leader Sher Bahadur Deuba stressed the need to strictly implement the agreement and make an environment conducive to holding elections to a constituent assembly. “The Maoists must stop their forceful activities so that we can launch election campaigns,” Deuba said. He added that his party is always ready to pay any cost for the implementation of the agreement.

Rastriya Prajatantra Party chairman Pashupati SJB Rana urged the SPA to provide space to political forces to make an inclusive political situation which would respect peoples’ rights. He also urged the Maoists to adjust themselves with the peaceful political process.

Rastriya Jana Shakti Party chairman Surya Bahadur Thapa asked why the SPA and the Maoists did not focus their attention on management of small arms possessed by the Maoists and only paid attention on management of the Maoist army.

Chairman of the Jana Morcha Nepal, Chitra Bahadur KC, criticised the idea of granting 73 seats to the Maoists without participating in any election when the Maoists are yet to give up their arms.

MPs Narayan Man Bijukchhe, Pari Thapa and Leela Mani Pokhrel welcomed the agreement but urged its implementation.