NC to retaliate Maoists

KATHMANDU: Saying that the Unified CPN-Maoist came with a strategy of capturing the state power forcefully in the façade of "peace and democracy" in the recent days, the Nepali Congress (NC) today initiated serious discussions in its Central Committee meeting to prepare its strategy over the issue.

"The meeting strongly denounced the Maoists' criminal activities, which are increasing across the country in the recent times. We'll make a strategy about how to retaliate against them only after holding talks with CPN-UML, other coalition partners and the UCPN-M," said NC spokesperson Arjun Narsingh KC.

The meeting was held at the party headquarters in Sanepa.

"The Maoists' recent attacks against NC cadres and leaders, and the series of intimidation and killings are the evidences that are enough to prove that they have gone out of track. The NC should take serious initiative to retaliate against such attacks," said KC, citing the views of party leaders put forth at today's meeting. "We'll have one-to-one talk with UML and tripartite meeting with the Maoists and UML in this regard before we devise our strategy."

According to him, the NC will also opt for wait-and-see strategy over the government's response to combat the Maoists' criminal activities. "If the Maoists continued such incidents, it will invite a serious accident," KC said.

The CC members, speaking at the meeting, condemned the Maoists' attack against NC leader Sher Bahadur Deuba and other cadres and leaders in Chitwan yesterday. They also condemned the murder of NC worker and son of NC CA member in Ilam recently by the Maoist cadres.

Krishna Prasad Sitaula, coordinator of NC statute amendment drafting committee, also presented the committee's report at today's CC meeting. The revised statute has proposed for collective leadership system, election of all office bearers and more than 80 per cent members in NC's central committee.

"The meeting to resume tomorrow morning will discuss the proposed statute and the CC will pass it with amendment. The Mahasamiti Meeting slated for November 1-3 in Kathmandu will have a final say over the statute," said Sitaula.

Today's meeting did not enter into other issues including the issue of Sujata Koirala, who was recently promoted to the post of Deputy Prime Minister on the recommendation of party president and her father Girija Prasad Koirala. A majority of party leaders have been against her elevation stating that it was against the party's spirit. "The ongoing CC meet will take an official stance to wrap up the issue," said KC.