Maoists say poll success ‘as expected’

Kathmandu, April 28:

The central committee meeting of the CPN-Maoist today concluded that the party “gained expected results” in the April 10 Constituent Assembly election.

“We concluded that the party gained expected results in the CA polls,” senior Maoist leader CP Gajurel said at the end of today’s meeting held to review the pre and post-election scenario, including the formation of a new consensus government.

In the meeting, the Maoists, however, expressed dissatisfaction with the party’s performance in the Limbuwan and the Madhes regions, as the party failed to evaluate its weakness and strength in those regions.

“We could not accurately evaluate our weaknesses and failed to mobilise the party rank and file in the Limbuwan and the Madhes regions. We could not even secure our votes properly in some parts of the Madhes,” Gajurel said, adding that the party cadres were over-confident of victory in some constituencies. The Maoist central leadership reached this conclusion based on the election review reports presented by those at helm of the 11 state councils.

The meeting, which will continue tomorrow, saw regional in-charges presenting their reports on election performances in their respective regions as well as party’s organisational situation after the polls, according to Gajurel.

Today’s meeting also endorsed the earlier decision of the party’s central secretariat, which had decided that party chairman Prachanda should be leading the post-election government to be represented by all the parties in the Constituent Assembly.

“We are of the view that the next government must be formed on consensus basis and led by Prachanda as per the people’s mandate,” he said, adding that the party would continue discussions with others in this regard. He said they would also finalise the list of PR candidates from its closed list of 335. The party has won 100 seats under the PR system.

Meanwhile, party chairman Prachanda met UML leader Madhav Kumar Nepal this morning at the latter’s residence in Koteshwor, where both the leaders discussed formation of a new government. Prachanda is learnt to have urged Nepal to join the next government and play a leading role in the peace process.

In reply, Nepal is learnt to have assured Prachanda of extending every possible cooperation to a Maoist-led government. But Nepal is learnt to have asked the Maoist supremo to rein in YCL and allay the widening suspicion that the Maoists would remain in power once they got it.