NC(D) weighing its options

Maoists’ commitment ‘suspect’ :

Kathmandu, November 18:

The Nepali Congress (Democratic) is busy in debating the best political course in the days ahead.

“We are analysing the unfolding scenario, with the rebels appearing keen for safelanding. In fact they could also be prepared for competitive politics,” NC (D) Acting President Gopal Man Shrestha said, shedding light on the agenda under discussion in the party.

“The seven-party alliance leaders are not very confident about the political commitment of the Maoists and the institution of monarchy,” senior NC (D) leader Amar Raj Kaini, said.

“Of course, election to constituent assembly is one of the options from among many. But we should be reassured that the concerned sides will accept the outcome,” Kaini said, reinforcing the need on the part of the Maoists and royalists to reassure that they will accept the outcome.

Conceding that there must have been something concrete in talks with Maoists in the Indian capital, Shrestha added that things could take a positive direction “since the Maoist leadership has passed new political agenda.”

He said this while referring to the reported change in political agenda in the CPN-Maoist under which the rebel outfit has decided to switch over to the competitive politics after giving up violence and intimidation.

Meanwhile, the meeting of the party today saw central members discussing the modus operandi once the peace process move ahead in a formal manner. “We are meanwhile working on our draft paper on solution. The central issue is what will happen to the arms once the rebels agree to election to constituent assembly. Of course the alliance must have some guarantor. That could be the UN,” Kaini said.

Yet another issue which has come up as a vital one is what to do about those who have been killed.