Maoists not to go back to jungle

NEPALGUNJ: Unified CPN-Maoist politburo member Janardan Sharma assured mediapersons today that his party would not go underground.

Speaking at a press meet organised by the Banke chapter of the Revolutionary Journalists' Association, Sharma said his party was for solving all problems in a peaceful manner. "We are not thinking of going underground and starting the people's war in present context. I request all not to doubt our commitments to democracy," he added.

He said the UCPN-Maoist would not detach itself from the task of taking the peace process to a logical conclusion and drafting the new constitution on time.

Asked about the demands for a fresh verification of the People's Liberation Army's strength following the controversial video tape episode, Sharma said calls for such demands were mere rumours. "Only the persons who don't understand the verification process are raising such demands," he added.

"The army is trying to run the government because of the unconstitutional move of President Dr Ram Baran Yadav. The President's move has raised questions over nationality, sovereignty and civilian supremacy," he said. He also said the formation of the new government would mean nothing if the President's move is not corrected. "We will protest from the House and the streets unless his move is corrected," Sharma added. He also said the President now had no alternative to resign.

"Political parties have started horse-trading to form the new government," he said. He added that the President, despite being the patron of the constitution, had invited complex political situations by taking unconstitutional decision.

Sharma also said his party's cadres were not involved in issuing threats to cadres of political parties in various parts of the country.

Himalayan News Service