UML meet okays Nepal’s report

Kathmandu, July 9:

The two-week-long 15th central committee meeting of the CPN-UML concluded today, approving party general secretary Madhav Kumar Nepal’s political report with suggestions.

The meeting ruled out an immediate electoral alliance with leftist forces, including the Maoists. But it kept its door open to make such an alliance at the local-level.

The protracted meeting decided to hold the party’s eighth general convention after the constituent assembly election, probably by the second week of January 2008.

The meeting authorised a three-member panel to incorporate the suggestions given by the central committee members in Nepal’s political report.

Standing committee members Ishwor Pokharel and Yuvaraj Gyawali and central committee member Bhim Rawal are members of the panel, which will incorporate the suggestions.

Krishna Gopal Shrestha, a central committee member, said the party concluded that Nepali politics is polarised mainly into two poles — royalists and regressive force and democratic and republican force.

But the meeting found three major trends within the democratic and republican camps, which include the status quoist force which is led by Nepali Congress and Nepali Congress-Democratic, progressive and democratic force represented by the CPN-UML and extreme leftist force (Maoists), which is yet to “adhere to democratic values”. Asked about the possibility of making an electoral alliance with other leftist forces, Shrestha said, “The UML will first move ahead on its own during the election.”

He, however, did not rule out making an electoral alliance with the leftist forces, including the CPN (Maoist), at “local-level”.

He said although it was not immediately possible to make an electoral alliance with the leftist forces, the UML should play a leading role to unite the republican forces. The party has, however, dissolved a central-level committee formed earlier to hold talks with various leftist forces.

The meeting stressed the need to maintain eight-party unity until a new constitution is introduced after the November 22 constituent assembly elections, which will determine the future of monarchy.

Shrestha said that the party decided to focus on the constituent assembly polls for which a central-level election dissemination and publicity committee has been formed under the leadership of Madhav Kumar Nepal.