Nepal fears NC-Maoist rift may derail process of statute-drafting

Pokhara, December 12:

UML leader Madhav Kumar Nepal has said polarisation between Maoists and NC could be a setback for the constitution making process.

Speaking at a workshop organised by the UML Gandaki zonal coordination committee here today, Nepal said that Nepali Congress should not be pushed to the corner.

The former UML general secretary said, “The task of constitution making can gain momentum only when CPN-Maoist, Nepali Congress and CPN-UML move ahead cohesively.”

Stating that there was no alternative to the politics of consensus, he said the nation benefits when the big three join hands together.

The UML veteran said the present state of polarisation among major political parties could create a hurdle in the work of the constitution drafting taskforce, which is scheduled to go on public consultation starting December 16.

Highlighting that the communists had not been able to make an expected headway, Nepal said the Moist outfit of Young Communist League deserved dissolution for its being destructive and leaving bad impact on the society. Ironically, he defended his party-affiliate Youth Force claiming that it was not an anti-social element. Nepal is out on a nationwide tour to collect suggestions on the modality of federation that his party should embrace.

Meanwhile, he also passed on his comment on the integration of Maoist combatants that only those rebels verified by UNMIN as eligible should be integrated.