No alliance with Maoists: Sushil

Liwang (Rolpa), November 11:

Vice-president of the Nepali Congress Sushil Koirala said talks with the Maoists are on but not to forge an alliance with them.

“Talks with the Maoists and alliance with them are two different things. Talks are being held to bring them to the political mainstream to help solve present crisis easily. But an alliance with the Maoists is possible only when they agree to the fundamentals of democracy, including freedom on competition, rule of law and fundamental human rights,” Koirala said, addressing the NC cadres at Rolpa district headquarters Liwang, today.

Meanwhile, locals here say Maoists have not given up their activities of abducting people, torching government buildings or threatening people to leave their homes despite their unilateral ceasefire.

Maoists abducted Nandu Giri, Nepali Congress general convention representative on November 7 and was released after two days. Similarly, the Maoists prevented Durga Adhikari and other NC cadres to participate in a political programme in Liwang yesterday.

Maoists did not provide pass to NC cadres from villages of Rolpa to enter Liwang and they could not attend a political programme, said NC central member Arjun Narasingh KC.

Maoist workers also set ablaze the house of Mrigendra Singh, a RPP cadre, resident of Khungri village development committee and displaced his family, last week.

An NC cadre Dil Bahadur Budha, a resident of Thawang VDC, said: “I have been homeless since 1996. It seems my desire to return home would remain a dream only.”

He said, “I have heard that our party is holding talks with Maoists but nothing is being done to create an environment where we can return home.”

Gyan Bahadur Oli and Khim Lal Rokka, residents of Juwar VDC have not returned to their houses due to Maoist threats.

“Maoists murdered my son and son-in-law and looted property and compelled us to live miserable life here at the district headquarters. We have been banned to go to the village,” said Rokka.

“The Maoists have not stopped abductions, donation collection and threatening people to leave their homes,” said Raj Kumar Kakshapati, district secretary of Janamorcha Nepal.