SPA panel’s meet deferred until tomorrow

Kathmandu, March 10:

The meeting of the coordination committee of the seven-party alliance could not take place today due to the absence of representatives from the Nepali Congress, Nepal Sadbhavana Party (Anandi Devi) and the United Left Front.

The leaders had decided yesterday to hold the meeting to discuss a report submitted by a SPA taskforce to probe into the clashes in Darchula, Baitadi and Sindhuli districts between the cadres of the CPN-Maoist and other political parties in the run up to the constituent assembly election.

The seven-member taskforce, led by CPN-UML leader Shankar Pokharel, had submitted the report to Minister for Peace and Reconstruction Ram Chandra Poudel on March 5, indicting the Maoists for all the incidents.

In Darchula, the Maoist cadres beat up NC lawmaker Dilendra Prasad Badu and set ablaze a house belonging to Dhan Singh Dhami. A Maoist cadre named Karan Singh Dhami was injured in police firing while rescuing Badu. In Baitadi and Sindhuli, the Maoists were found to have beaten up the people who deserted the Maoists after the announcement of the polls.

Another agenda the panel was supposed to discuss was the working procedure of the SPA coordination committee formed after the signing of the 23-point agreement nearly three months ago. Pokharel said the committee meeting did not take place, as the NC, NSP (A) and ULF did not turn up. The leaders would meet on Wednesday.