Leaders flay Prachanda’s call

Kathmandu, January 4:

Leaders of different political parties today objected to Maoist supremo Prachanda’s announcemet of cooperating with the government to establish police posts only in the Terai region.

CPN-UML standing committee member Bharat Mohan Adhikari raised concern over the Maoists’ consent to re-establish police posts only in the Terai region and not in hilly region. “This should be done simultaneously in Terai and hilly regions,” Adhikari told an interaction programme at Sambad Club today, urging the government to table the interim constitution immediately.

“I can’t understand why the government is delaying the promulgation of the interim constitution,” Adhikari said.

Saying that the situation in Terai had worsened in the last two months, Adhikari asked the government to immediately hold dialogue with the Terai Janatantrik Mukti Morcha which, he claimed, had been terrorising the Terai region.

Nepali Congress leader Arjun Narsingh KC accused the Maoists of not changing their attitude even after signing the peace accord. KC said the interim statute would be promulgated in the first week of Magh.

Dr Minendra Rijal of the NC (Democratic) expressed surprise as to why the government and the Maoists had agreed to re-establish police posts only in Terai region.

He suggested the government to bring the Terai Janatantrik Mukti Morcha to mainstream politics so that they too can take part in constituent assembly elections.

Maoist leader Dinanath Sharma said Maoists would not create any obstruction in re-establishment of the police posts. “But the government must promulgate the interim statute and announce dates for the formation of interim legislature within a fortnight,” he said.