Dang, April 23

Unified CPN-Maoist Chairman Pushpa Kamal Dahal today said unity among major political parties was a must for implementing the new constitution and resolving problems facing the country.

Speaking at a press meet organised by Federation of Revolutionary Journalists in Ghorahi of Dang, Dahal said problems facing the country can be solved only if there was unity among the parties.

He also stressed the need for forming a national consensus government with the Nepali Congress on board.

“A national unity government with Nepali Congress on board is necessary to address the dissatisfaction of the agitating parties and expedite reconstruction works,” Dahal added. He also clarified that he was no longer in the race for the prime ministerial berth.

In another context, Dahal argued that he and his party were not in favour of granting general amnesty to perpetrators of conflict-era human rights violations.

“It would be a grave injustice to the victims if perpetrators of grave crimes are granted amnesty,” he said.

He added that he as the party chairman and commander of the Maoist insurgency would take the entire responsibility for all such conflict-era cases.

Dahal said that his party had no reservations over the works of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission and Commission on the Investigation of Enforced Disappeared Persons.

“The commissions, however, should abide by the principle of transitional justice,” he said.