Maoists ‘made’ alliance impossible

UML leader Panta says Maoists overestimated their strength

Kathmandu, March 10:

CPN-UML leader Raghuji Panta said today that his party could not forge an alliance with the CPN-Maoist because the latter overestimated its strength.

“Efforts to forge a Left alliance have failed due to the elevated evaluation of the CPN-Maoist,” Panta said at an interaction organised by the Reporters’ Club. He, however, said that such an alliance can be forged at the local level. He claimed that the Maoists will only win 10 to 15 seats in the election to be held under the first-past-the-post system.

Maoist leader Dina Nath Sharma said, “The CPN-UML should not forget that most of the CPN-UML followers, who stood against the Mahakali treaty, have entered the CPN-Maoist. He said the prime ministerial system proposed by the NC and the UML could be a ploy to keep the monarchy in a ceremonial form.

Amik Sherchan of the Janamorcha Nepal said supporters of his party had voted for the CPN-UML during previous elections in many parts of the country. “Maoist supporters, fearing action from security forces, also voted for the CPN-UML,” he said.

The idea of a Left alliance did not materialise because of the CPN-UML and the CPN-Maoist, he said. The Prime Minister and the president should be directly elected by the people to maintain check and balance, Sherchan said.

Speaking at another function, Maoist leader Hitman Shakya said the idea of a Left alliance has not materialised because foreign forces have directed the CPN-UML not to forge an alliance with the CPN-Maoist. He said the UML might forge an alliance with the NC.

Despite repeated assurances, major parties have not followed the election code of conduct, election commissioner Ayodhi Prasad Yadav said. He said some 240,000 employees will be deployed in 20,883 polling booths.

NC leader Prakash Sharan Mahat said democracy will be established only if the NC gets a majority in the Constituent Assembly polls. “The State Restructuring Commission will finalise the restructuring of the state.” RPP spokesperson Parshuram Khapung said the nation should adopt the prime ministerial system.