KATHMANDU: In contrary to what the UCPN-Maoist Chairman Pushpa Kamal Dahal ‘Prachanda’ has said raising a hope for the breakthrough in political deadlock, Dr Baburam Bhattarai, party’s deputy, has spoken just the opposite-that the fledgling peace process could collapse anytime soon.
Party’s chairman Prachanda had said at a tea party hosted earlier that they were ramping up efforts to end the ongoing political deadlock. But Dr Bhattarai today said there was only a scant hope in achieving that.
Speaking at a hurriedly organised press conference at the party’s parliamentary office this afternoon, Dr Bhattarai warned that the peace process was about to collapse, any time soon.
“Defense Minister
Bidhya Bhandari’s recent statement has proved that this government was constituted to annihilate the peace process,” he said.
He charged that the written statement submitted by Bhandari to the State Affairs Committee of the legislature parliament demanding amendment on the points concerning the Army on the Comprehensive Peace Agreement (CPA) and Arms Monitoring Agreement was “irresponsible”, “ill-intentioned” and “objectionable,” said Dr Bhattarai.
“This puppet government has an ill-intention. It wants to derail the peace process and invite conflict in the country,” he alleged, referring to Bhandari’s statement. “We strongly denounce the statement,” he said.
Dr Bhattarai also added that the government has unilaterally dissolved the high-level scientific land reforms commission, which said could be an integral part of the CPA that was formed on the basis of a political agreement.
“This is the breach
of CPA and is highly objectionable,” he said, adding that the government has also dissolved many such commissions and organisations formed under political agreement.
As part of the UCPN-M’s upcoming strategies, he said that his party would form parallel local government along with other parties if there was any further delay in constituting local bodies.
“We may declare the second phase of movement on October 3 or 4,” he told the reporters.
Dr. Bhattarai, meanwhile, said that the disqualified combatants from the cantonments wouldn’t be released without adequate
aid package.