THT 10 YEARS AGO: Nepal proposes a republican front

Rupandehi, August 6, 2007

CPN-UML general secretary Madhav Kumar Nepal today proposed to transform the current alliance of the eight parties in the interim government into a republican front.

Speaking at a function organised to inaugurate a zonal-level training programme of the UML Lumbini zonal committee here, he said: “The eight parties should jointly go to the CA polls. Change the alliance of the eight parties into a republican front.”

He, however, refused to accept the agenda passed by the CPN (Maoist) in their fifth plenum. The agenda says the eight parties should jointly declare a republic prior to the CA polls.

Stating that those doubting the formation of a republic even after the CA polls were not confident of public support for the CA polls, Nepal said: “They do not believe the people, in fact they are misleading the people.”

“It is futile to hope that the Nepali Congress will take a republican stand,” he said, urging the government not to lengthen the transition period as it will invite a constitutional crisis. Nepal added it was inconceivable to reshuffle local bodies before the constituent assembly polls.

Talking to media persons at the Gautam Buddha Airport today before heading to Butwal to conduct training for Lumbini zonal cadres of his party, Nepal said the nation was moving ahead towards the constituent assembly polls and added that the tempo cannot be slowed down at any cost.

The eight parties should remain united even after the CA polls, he said. “We should remain united till the parliamentary polls.”

Maoist cadres raise the bar on poll system

Kathmandu, August 6, 2007

A majority of the delegates taking part in the fifth expanded meeting (plenum) of the CPN-Maoist urged the party leadership today to stick to its stance on proportional representation system of election for constituent assembly, a federal system of governance and asked the leadership to create a favourable condition to declare the country a republic before the CA election.

A Maoist source said some delegates even demanded that the party hold an early general convention to evolve its strategy.

The participants were particularly concerned about reports in the media that the central committee leaders were divided over the entire peace process, which became possible following Rolpa’s Chuna Bang meeting about two years ago.

All the team leaders of the 45 groups today finished airing their views. Chairman Prachanda and other senior leaders are likely to reply tomorrow to issues raised by the delegates.

While inaugurating the plenum, Prachanda had said the party was united in its policy, including the peace process. The plenum would continue till Wednesday.

The delegates, who were debating on Prachanda’s political report passed by the central committee, also sought “amendments” on some issues.