Nepal warns NC-Maoist rift will deepen crisis

Bara, November 17:

General secretary of the CPN (UML) Madav Kumar Nepal warned today that widening

gulf between the Nepali Congress and the Maoists will give rise to a great crisis.

He was addressing a function organised in Inarwasira of Bara to condole the death of journalist Birendra Shah. “The nation has already stepped into the path of a republic,” Nepal said, adding, “The CPN (UML) is working for the abolition of monarchy.”

Stressing the need to strengthen the unity of the seven parties, he said the constituent assembly elections should be held within 2064 BS “at any rate”.

Saying that incidences of abduction, murder, violence and donation have been increasing in the Tarai, he said, “The government which cannot curb such acts does not have the moral authority to stay in power.”

Urging the government to hold talks with forces staging agitation in the Tarai, the CPN (UML) general secretary called on the Maoists to take to peaceful politics. He urged the government to declare Shah a martyr.

He demanded the government taking action against those involved in the killing of Shah.

Earlier, Nepal met Shah’s wife Umarawati Devi, Bibek (son), Bidhya Laxmi (daughter) and Bhaiyaram (brother) in Inarwasira. During the meeting with Nepal, Umarawati demanded that her husband be declared a martyr.