Maoists’ fling with power may depend on UML’s terms

Kathmandu, December 26:

CPN-UML general secretary Jhala Nath Khanal today said that he would put some conditions to the ruling Maoist if the latter wanted UML’s continuation in the coalition government.

Addressing a press conference held at the party headquarters, Balkhu, to make public the decisions taken by the 22nd CC meet, Khanal conceded that unity and togetherness among the political forces that brought political changes had weakened and reactionary elements had started raising their heads.

“This government is the outcome of necessity, not of our willingness,” Khanal said, adding,

“The Maoists need to abide by the past agreements if they want us sailing on the same boat.” He said that his party had already put conditions to PM Prachanda for getting together.

Party’s CC meet concluded yesterday passed 12 resolutions. One of the them states that the Maoist should be “flexible on all political issues” while Nepali Congress should act as a

“responsible opposition”. The 22nd CC meet concluded that the government had failed to accomplish its jobs as per popular expectation and that the PM had made irresponsible statements, which could derail the ongoing peace process.

The meeting has demanded that the government fully abide by all the agreements made by the then seven-party alliance, the then government and the comprehensive peace accord and return seized property to the owners. The meet also demanded action against those involved in the attacks on media houses.

Khanal admitted that security situation across the country was worsening and there had been lapses on the government’s decision to withdraw criminal cases under consideration in the court of law.

He said that the government proposal to declare those killed on various occasions martyrs would be moved ahead only after consultations with parties.