People must back parties, says Nepal

Himalayan News Service

Kathmandu, May 17:

CPN-UML General Secretary Madhav Kumar Nepal today stepped up attack on those trying to roll back the wheel of democracy and impose authoritarian rule on the people.

Addressing party workers at a function organised by the party’s Valley Coordination Committee to mark the 12th Madan Bhandari Memorial Day, Nepal said: “What has become crystal clear is that the current impasse and the resultant stampede

is between those who are in favour of democracy and those who are against it.” He added that people must back the political parties in their bid to restore total democracy.

However, Nepal’s remarks that all political parties must shed their differences came as a chilling reminder of possible discordance among the seven-party alliance, which was announced on May 8 reinforcing the demand for the restoration of the House of Representatives.

“All involved must shed their differences,” Nepal said without elaborating. He, however, said there was no alternative to fighting for total democracy. “The ongoing movement will go down in history as an ordeal by fire for all of us,” he said.

Nepal also came down heavily on the monarch, accusing him of violating the constitutional spirit. He was referring to the dismissal of the Sher Bahadur Deuba-led interim governments twice.