Parties stress wider democratic front

Himalayan News Service

Kathmandu, June 7:

Political parties today stressed on need of broader democratic alliance among the constitutional forces in the changing mode of the Maoists. Addressing an interaction, Bharat Mohan Adhikari, former deputy-prime minister and a leader of CPN-UML, said in the context of the Maoist attack on civilian bus, the political parties should go for even broader cooperation and fight any kind of extremism. The King’s four-month-long direct ruling has proved a failure after the barbaric incident of Kalyanpur, he said adding, “Even at this point, a political solution to the Maoist problem exists and we just need to look out for it,” he said. Mahesh Acharya of Nepali Congress said that the incident of Kalyanpur is condemnable. “But, the security forces should not take the civilian passengers as human shields while travelling and the Maoists also should not target the civilian means of transportation just because some security persons are using it,” he said.

The King put political leaders, the Press and human rights activists in confinement in the pretext of curbing Maoist activities, but this has not affected violence, he said. Co-chairman of Rastriya Janashakti Party, Dr Prakash Chandra Lohani said the Maoists in Nepal are just working as any other terrorist of the world. “This is the proof that the Maoists are possessed with ‘thoughtlessness’ and are being guided by Fascism.” “In this context, the political forces, which believe in constitution, need even bigger unity and trust among themselves,” Dr Lohani said. Vice-chairman of Jan-amorcha Nepal, Pari Thapa said “broader democratic alliance” is the need of the hour, adding, “the Maoists are deviating from their ideal goal and are taking the path of militarism.” Bhuwan Pathak of Rastriya Prajatanta Party said that recent attack

at Kalyanpur is the result of the the Maoist force’s losing ground. “The incident creates a condition to call Maoists a terrorist group,” he said.