Stir until democracy is restored: Sushil

Punyakhola, November 11:

The seven agitating parties will not abort the ongoing movement unless democracy is restored and peace revived, the Nepali Congress vice-president, Sushil Koirala, said here today.

Speaking at a press meet here today, Koirala said: “People’s desires will guide the actions of the seven political parties, including the Nepali Congress.”

The NC is ready to take any move to bring about peace in the country, he said.

Stating that the Maoists had not stopped misbehaving with cadres of political parties in villages, he said: “There is no immediate possibility of forging an alliance with the Maoists.”

Stating that dialogue with the Maoists was going on, he said: “Dialogue and alliance are two different things.”

Alliance with the Maoists is not possible till they express commitment to freedom, the rule of law and human rights, he said.

The stir launched by the seven political parties has garnered global support, he said, adding the autocratic rule would end soon if the people joined the stir. Stating that the Maoist-called ceasefire had helped take the stir against the autocracy to a new height, he said: “The King’s belief that he could finish the political parties in the name of the Maoists with the economic assistance of the world proved wrong.”

Arjun Narsingh KC, a central member of the NC, said his party will

never support the monarchy that grabbed the people’s rights. “Though the Nepali Congress is indifferent to the constitutional monarchy, republic is not its goal.” If the all-party government, which will be formed once the House is revived, opts for a republic, the NC will go for it, KC said.

Earlier, Koirala, KC and Dil Bahadur Gharti, Surendra Hamal, a former state minister, former parliamentarians Lekhnath Acharya and Mukti Sharma had met cadres of the Nepali Congress and taken stock of the political scenario in Pyuthan.