Nepal’s plea to Maoists to help conduct assembly elections

Dharan, August 4:

CPN-UML general secretary Madhav Kumar Nepal today urged the Maoists not to set preconditions before the CA polls, saying such preconditions might put the poll process in jeopardy.

Nepal was talking to reporters here in course of a programme.

The Maoists must share the responsibility of holding the polls, Nepal said, urging the Maoist leadership to be more responsible towards the people and the country.

He reiterated his party’s commitment to holding the polls on the stipulated date and for building an inclusive democratic republic. “No one can stall the process of turning Nepal into a democratic republic and constituent assembly from becoming a reality.”

Speaking at another programme of the Dhankuta chapter of Press Chautari, Nepal said his party was committed to routing all vested interests and contributing to the lasting unity of the eight political parties. He added that it was necessary to put an end to monarchy and hold the polls by November 22. Nepal said he was for punishing those deemed guilty by the Rayamajhi commission. He decried the activities of the pro-Maoist YCL.

He also visited Jhapa district and addressed a programme. He said the monarchy will come to a logical end and that the country will be transformed into a democratic republic in due course once the polls were over.

He said life of the monarchy will prolong if the polls were not held on time. Nepal said those indicted by the Rayamajhi commission will be brought to book.

UML view on Maoists ‘unchanged’:

Kathmandu: Standing committee member of the CPM-UML Ishwor Pokharel on Saturday said that the party’s analysis regarding the CPN-Maoist’s “extreme Leftist ideology” has remained unchanged though the party has revised general secretary Madhav Kumar Nepal’s political report as per the suggestions by the central committee members during the party’s recently-concluded 15th central committee meeting. “The party has not changed its views on the CPN (Maoist), which still maintains extreme Leftist ideology,” said Pokharel.”

He said that a team formed to incorporate suggestions of the central committee members had submitted its final report to the party’s secretariat.

The party maintains that the Maoists still adhere to extreme Leftist ideology, he said. — HNS