KATHMANDU: A meeting of the Nepali Congress Parliamentary Party (PP) today objected to the recent statement of CPN-UML chairman Jhalanath Khanal, who allegedly pointed to NC as a ‘barrier’ in forging political consensus.

“The NC objects to such a statement by Khanal, taking it seriously for its being against the norm of consensus. The party is firm on resolving all problems through consensus,” said PP spokesperson Nabindra Raj Joshi after the meeting.

The meeting also condemned the excesses of the Unified CPN-Maoist cadres, which are on the rise across the country.

The meeting chaired by PP leader Ram Chandra Paudel concluded that the former rebels were carrying out objectionable activities by capturing private and public properties, instead of returning seized ones as agreed earlier. “The UCPN-M is now selling the captured land by plotting it or compelling the owner to sell it,” the PP mentioned in a statement.

“The Maoists have intensified their excesses such as intimidation, extortion and manhandling of NC workers. NC denounces such heinous acts,” the NC stated.

The PP meeting urged the UCPN-M to put an end to all such activities and urged the government to secure people’s rights to life and property.

The meeting, however, welcomed the recent decision of the government to propose NC president Girija Prasad Koirala for the 2010 Nobel Peace Prize and thanked the ruling coalition for the same.

Welcoming the recent decision of the party to launch a campaign for national unity, reconciliation and peace, the meeting urged the party to add a slogan of ‘writing the constitution on time’ for the campaign. The meeting expressed commitment to reaching out to the public and people from all walks of life through the campaign.

NC lawmakers also raised questions about the inefficient working nature and unaccountability of ministers and political appointees in the state mechanism to the party.