'Political achievements at risk'

Kathmandu, March 12

Chairman of the Unified CPN-Maoist Pushpa Kamal Dahal today said political achievements of Nepali people were at risk and therefore parties should unite to safeguard them.

Hinting at the recent statements made by newly elected general secretary of the Nepali Congress Shashank Koirala, Dahal said his statements regarding secularism, federalism and republican setup were ‘meaningful’.

Dahal was addressing a joint function of teachers’ wings of both the Unified CPN-Maoist and CPN-Revolutionary Maoists here today.

Before the election of the Nepali Congress Central Working Committee, Koirala had stated that the issues of secularism, federalism and republican setup should be reviewed.

“Newly elected general secretary of the largest party has already said federalism and secularism were not necessary. Take a note of that,” Dahal said without naming Koirala.

Former prime minister Dahal said that all the achievements could slip out of hand if the Maoist parties failed to unite at this crucial hour. He added that the Maoist parties should unite by reviewing past mistakes and strive for further achievements. He also said that the parties should focus on implementing the new constitution.

Dahal said Nepal has two types of leaders – those who uphold national independence and others who do not hesitate to make compromises. He, however, said there was no alternative to maintaining balanced relations with both the neighbours — India and China — and cooperating with them.