Nepal | April 04, 2020

Gajurel accuses govt of totalitarian tendencies

Himalayan News Service

Kathmandu, June 3

Nepal Communist Party (Revolutionary Maoist) Leader CP Gajurel today said the KP Sharma Oli-led government was moving in the direction of totalitarianism, if its activities were anything to go by.

Talking to journalists, Gajurel also said the Nepal Communist Party was not leftist.

“We have serious doubts regarding the government’s intentions. We feel it is getting totalitarian,” leader Gajurel said, adding that a totalitarian regime would first attack the media, referring to restricted areas fixed by the government.

“Earlier, we all felt Oli was a nationalist leader after his stand on the blockade and signing of Memorandum of Understanding on transit treaty with China, but we have now realised that Oli is not a nationalist leader,” he said.

As a coordinator of the Patriotic Republican Front, he accepted that his party had weakened compared to the past.

“But we will not remain weak forever,” he said. He also said that the government undermined the capacity of Nepali security agencies, including the Nepali Army by letting in Indian security officers during Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s Nepal visit last month.

According to him, the Nepali Congress has the opportunity of playing the role of a responsible opposition, but it has so far not done so.

“We are not in the Parliament, but we are opposition in the streets,” he said.

A version of this article appears in print on June 04, 2018 of The Himalayan Times.

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