demands of poll-opposed parties

  • CPN-M settles on all-party council
- Roshan Sedhai, Kathmandu

Jun 17, 2013-

In an attempt to harmonise their demands, a group of 42 parties protesting against the government’s decision to hold the Constituent Assembly elections in November has agreed to an “all-party political assembly” as their common agenda.

A joint meeting of the key forces on Monday assigned a taskforce to devise new protest programmes by Tuesday afternoon, which they said will be announced at the CPN-Maoist headquarters the same day.

“Fresh protest programmes will be drawn up after adequate consultations with all the parties,” said Pampha Bhusal, the CPN-Maoist spokesperson.

The boarder alliance has decided not to hold a dialogue with the government as well as the “big parties” unless the High-level Political Committee is replaced by a multi-party political assembly.

Under pressure from alliance members, the CPN-Maoist shifted its earlier demand of a round-table conference to an all-party political assembly in an effort to bring uniformity in their demands.

“Since the purpose of both the meets is the same, our party agreed to the name suggested by other members of the alliance,” said Bhusal.

Despite launching a joint anti-election campaign, the 33-party alliance led by the CPN-Maoist, the Federal Socialist Party Nepal and the Upendra Yadav-led Federal Democratic Front were considered weak in the lack of unified agenda.

The parties were divided over several issues including the legitimacy of the Khil Raj Regmi-led government.

“The political syndicate exercised by the four parties is the main impediment to an agreement. We want it replaced by an all-party political assembly to break the current deadlock,” said Rajendra Shrestha, the FSPN general secretary.

The meeting organised in the aftermath of the first round of protests decided to sit for talks only with the President, a source said.

“Its must be clear who holds true power. If it’s the President, we will negotiate with him,” said Shrestha. Leaders who attended the meeting emphasised that everything except monsoon was in their favour in launching further programmes of protest.

The parties have assessed the “silent support of the Civil Society and the rising dissatisfaction over the unilateral announcement of the election date among the middle-rung leaders of the major parties” as being supportive of their protest.

Citing examples of how major changes such as secularism, federalism and proportional representation were achieved through protests, the alliance hopes agitation could lead them to achieve their demands.

Published: 18-06-2013 09:00

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