Maoists declare two more states

BANKE/ DIPAYAL: In a move that could potentially derail the already fragile peace process, the Unified CPN-Maoist, which has been waging its third-phase of stir, has unanimously declared two more autonomous republican states in mid-west and far-west Nepal, today. They declared Tharuwan Republican State in mid-west and Seti Mahakali Autonomous Republican State in far west.

The Maoists named districts of Banke, Bardiya, Kailali, Kanchanpur and Dang as Tharuwan State. While Doti, Dadeldhura, Bajura, Bajhang, Darchula

and Baitadi are included under the Seti Mahakali Autonomous Republican State.

The party has selected Ram Charan Chaudhary as the coordinator of the Tharuwan Republican State and Lekhraj Bhatta as coordinator of the Seti Mahakali Republican State. Declaring Tharuwan Republican State in Nepalgunj, Maoist central secretary CP Gajurel, said that they had fulfiled commitments they had made with Nepali people during insurgency period. “We have achieved what we had assured while we were waging people’s war,” Gajurel said, adding, “We will bring a new people-oriented provision in the declared states.”

Accusing the present government of torturing the people, Gajurel warned of a parallel government.

He further said that the declaration of republican states has strengthened ‘internal nationality’ of the country which he

said was necessary to check external aggression.

Blaming the Nepali Congress and the UML for the current impasse, Gajurel said, “We are compelled by NC and UML to adopt the latest measure”.

He also blamed Home Minister Bhim Rawal for inciting Dudejhari incident.

Meanwhile, Posta Bahadur Bogati (Diwakar)—standing committee member of the Maoist — claimed that the declaration would guarantee basic need of people like food and shelter in the region. Coordinator of Seti Mahakali, Lekharaj Bhatta, urged the newly declared states to declare Home Minister Rawal a ‘criminal’.

Spokesperson heaps scorn

Bhairahawa: UCPN-Maoist Central Committee member and spokesperson Dinanath Sharma on Sunday said that the transitional phase was at a very challenging and critical stage.

Speaking at a press meet organised by party’s district committee in Bhairahawa, Sharma labeled Home Minister Bhim Rawal as a ‘killer’. He also claimed that the parties in the government, under the direction of foreign forces had been trying to derail the peace process.

Meanwhile, Sharma maintained that the culprits who assaulted scribe Tika Bista should be brought to books.

Condemning the incident he said, “Our party is not in favour of protecting the culprits,’’ adding, “The culprits should be punished whichever parties they belong to.”

Stating that the small political parties were taking benefit of the transitional period, he claimed that big parties in the coalition were trying to impose presidential regim in the country.

He further reiterated that the Maoists attempts to forge consensus turned fruitless, as the rival parties have been disagreeing.