Maoist vision to be made public ‘soon’

Kathmandu, May 10:

Lekhnath Neupane, chairman of the All Nepal National Independent Students’ Union (Revolutionary), a student wing of the Maoists, today said the CPN (Maoist) would make its “new and clear” vision public soon.

Addressing a programme at the Reporters’ Club, he said, “You won’t have to wait long for an authentic Maoist vision on new development of events,” without giving the date.

Republican setup is the goal of the Maoists, but the leaders could not realise the goal due to lack of courage, he said.

“The seven-party leaders are not going for a republican setup. Though they deliver high-sounding speeches, they lack courage,” he said.

The Maoist army will not stay in the barracks or camps, he said, “Our army is people’s army. It will keep doing its duties as usual,” he said.

The Maoists do not use force to collect donations, he said, adding, “There are two governments and they have their own policies.”

UML leader Shankar Pokharel said since the people’s movement agreed on the existence of the king till the election to a constituent assembly, one cannot eradicate monarchy right now. “We can discuss models of ceremonial monarchy,” he said.

Asked if he would raise voice for a republic in the House, Khem Raj Mayalu Bhatta, an NC-D MP, who fought for a republican setup in 1967, said: “I cannot comment on it now. It is a legal matter.”

Lila Thapa Magar, a central committee member of the Janamoracha Nepal, said, “Going to the constituent assembly is not a bad thing. The establishment of a republican system is the ultimate goal of the people.”