Weak organisation led to UML’s loss: DNYF

Kathmandu, May 6:

Weakening organisational structure of the CPN-UML led to the party’s defeat in the recent election to the constituent assembly, the party’s youth body Democratic National Youth Federation said today.

“We have suggested for a complete restructuring of the party, including an ideological shift,” Ajambar Rai Kangmang, the DNYF president, told reporters at a press conference organised here, today.

The DNYF central working committee meeting, that ended yesterday, has concluded that the failure on the part of the party to correctly assess the forms of terror created by the Maoists also led to the defeat, he said.

The DNYF president also informed that the meeting had decided to urge the party leadership against joining the government led by the Maoists, but reconsider the position should the political parties reach a common minimum programme on formation of an all-party government.

The youth body has also decided to raise demands including guarantee of employment to the youths or provision of unemployment allowance, voting rights to those above 16 years of age, establishment of National Youth Council and National Youth Commission, guarantee of youths representation in all sectors of the state and establishment of a Youth Employment Bank.

The federation has also asked the government to control corruption and inflation and take action against the people convicted by the Rayamajhi Commission.

The meeting also decided to hold a national conference of its cadres on June 1 and 2 to assess present situation.

The DNYF has also demanded that the Maoists immediately stop occupying public and private buildings and conducting military trainings and have called them to compete with other political parties without terrorising people.

The meeting also demanded that the government initiated investigations into the killing of Rishi Prasad Sharma, a candidate of Surkhet-1, and Rishi Subedi, a booth representative of Kaski-1, and punish the culprits.