Maoist meet finalises PR list

Kathmandu, May 1:

The central committee meeting of the CPN-Maoist, which started on Monday concluded today finalising the list of the candidates to be sent to the Constituent Assembly under the proportional representation system. The party won nearly 30 per cent of the total votes and bagged 100 seats under the PR.

Although the party’s central committee finalised 100 candidates from among the closed-list of 335 names submitted to the Election Commission before the polls, the party headquarters would again re-examine the age, gender, ethnic and regional representation to meet the legal requirements before submitting the list to the EC tomorrow.

Talking to mediapersons at the end of the meeting held at Garden Hotel, Maoist spokesperson Krishna Bahadur Mahara said party leaders Prachanda, Dr Baburam Bhattarai and Ram Bahadur Thapa would give a final touch to the names before submitting the list to the EC.

Mahara said prominent leaders had been included in the PR list. But he refused to give the names, saying that the party headquarters was yet to work on the list. He said the list would be made public only after its submission to the EC. Tomorrow is the last date for submitting the list.

Mahara said the meeting also decided to give party membership to new entrants based on their past records and recommendations by the state councils and respective district committees. He said the party would launch “ideological” and “political” orientation to all the party committees on the concept of a New Nepal.

The meeting was called to review the CA election and to discuss the formation of a post-election government, implementation of the republic by the first meeting of the CA, finalise the PR list and strengthen the party rank and file in the new political context.

The meeting has decided that the post-election government should be led by the Maoists, as per the people’s mandate, and other parties elected to the CA polls should be included in it.

He said that the king had no other option but to voluntarily abdicate, adding that they had not established any contact with the king about his peaceful ouster from the palace.

Meanwhile, addressing a rally organised to mark the 119th May Day here in the capital, Mahara said that his party would form the government alone if other parties refused to join the Maoist-led government.

“We have kept all options open. Our first priority is to form a consensus government. But if that does not materialise, we will form the government alone,” he said.

He said the new government to be led by party chief Prachanda would run the administration giving top priority to the people’s freedom, nationalism, democracy and institutionalisation of republic and federalism.

Without directly naming the Nepali Congress, Mahara said it was undemocratic to

express the desire to lead the new government despite the fact that they were rejected by the people.