Take a clear stand

Apropos of the news report “Prachanda denies reports on Maoists’ stance on CA polls” (THT, August 27), the Maoist supremo’s recent statements in the media have raised doubts about the Maoists’ sincerity about their commitment to the CA polls.

Only a fortnight ago, Prachanda maintained that the polls must be held on time by any means, but the reports attributed to him contradict his own earlier statements. And now, he claims to have been misquoted. The Maoists should refrain from making statements which create public confusion and make their stances on important issues vague or ambiguous. They should prepare themselves for the ultimate judgement of the people in the CA elections. It should be clear to the Maoists by now that they can establish their credibility through the ballot box alone.

Dwaipayan Regmi, Biratnagar

Mahat’s right

This is in reference to the news report “Federal structure will cause split” (THT, August 27). Finance Minister Dr Ram Sharan Mahat’s claim that federal structure will cause a split in the country sounds quite valid.

Political leaders have been demanding a federal set-up without analysing its pros and cons. The nation has already been a witness to the consequences of inciting ethno-nationalistic feelings among diverse groups of people who had hitherto lived in relative peace.

Further divisions in the name of federalism would lead the country towards anarchy.

Chiranjivi Lamichane, Duwakot


This concerns the news report “Face the CA election, Nepal tells Prachanda” (THT, August 26). While other political parties are hesitating to start campaigning for the CA polls, the CPN-UML has been at the forefront of election campaigning. This has not only compelled other parties to pull up their socks, but also strengthened public faith in the CPN-UML for their commitment to the CA polls.

Dev Raj Adhikari, via email


It is surprising that Maoist top leaders hold contradictory opinions on whether the party should go for the CA polls, “Mahara, Bhattarai poles apart on poll plan” (THT, August 27). Dr Baburam Bhattarai backs chairman Prachanda’s proposal to postpone CA polls if a republic is not declared prior to it. On the other hand, minister for information and communication Krishna Bahadur Mahara says that no attempt should be made to avoid the CA polls. The Maoists should establish consensus within their own party before they speak in public.

Basant Devkota, Gaurighat

Keep it up

This is in response to the news report “Prashant one step closer to jackpot” (THT, August 25). As the final of ‘Indian Idol’, a popular television talent hunt show, approaches, Nepalis are anxiously praying for Prashant Tamang’s success. Tamang, the only Indian Idol contestant of Nepali origin, has already won the hearts of thousands of Nepalis. Hats off to the sepoy who, despite no professional training in music, has has come this far at such a highly competitive talent show.

Sajan Khadka, via e-mail