Rana warns of talks failure

Kathmandu, October 27:

The chairman of the Rastriya Prajatantra Party (RPP), Pashupati SJB Rana, today warned that the ongoing peace talks would go astray if the seven-party alliance cannot reach a consensus on major issues.

“How can you make the talks a success when there is no consensus among yourselves (alliance members)?,” Rana told the alliance leaders at an interaction at the Reporters’ Club. He accused them of not paying attention to the problems of the displaced and conflict-affected people, who according to him, are expecting a lot from the government. “The government has failed in this regard,” he said, while ridiculing the seven-party alliance and the government “for making everything ceremonial”. “Interestingly, the Home Minister has made the police force a ceremonial one,” he said, adding that the only force which is not ceremonial is the CPN-Maoist.

“The government is helpless despite a rise in the cases of murder, kidnapping and extortion in the capital,” Rana said. He added that the government is becoming “weak” and failing in all respects. “It would not be unfair to say that there is no presence of the government in villages,” he said.

He also criticised the government for failing to appoint ambassadors, which he argued would shed a negative impression in the international arena. “Failure to garner enough votes for the UN security council is an example of shame and diplomatic failure,” he said. The RPP chief also warned that his party would go to streets after a month if the government failed to establish permanent peace in the country.