Ties with CPN-M won’t hit peace, constitution: Dahal

- POST REPORT, Kathmandu
Ties with CPN-M won’t hit peace, constitution: Dahal

May 11, 2014-

UCPN (Maoist) Chairman Pushpa Kamal Dahal said on Sunday that growing rapprochement with breakaway faction CPN-Maoist would not affect his commitment to peace and constitution.

Dahal added that as a signatory to the Comprehensive Peace Agreement (CPA), it is his responsibility to accommodate all the political forces including CPN-Maoist in the broader constitution drafting process.

Organising a press conference at Party headquarter Perisdanda, Dahal said CPN-Maoist is not against the political line of peace and constitution and its demand of holding a roundtable conference could be addressed without affecting the ongoing constitution drafting process.   

The clarification from the main opposition party leader comes amid growing concern that Dahal’s unification bid with breakaway party will have negative spillover effects upon ongoing constitution drafting and peace process.

Such scepticism surfaced after the Maoist supremo in his political dossier presented at party’s national convention mentioned that chances of drafting a progressive constitution are “slim”.

He lamented that some political parties as well as a section of the international community are trying to portray him as an “anti-peace” and “anti-constitution” leader.  

“The ongoing working alliance or unification bid with CPN-Maoist should not be taken as a move against the constitution drafting process,” Dahal assured.

Of late, Dahal is believed to be rapidly cosying up to CPN-Maoist leaders even as his feud with senior UCPN (M) leader Baburam Bhattarai is deepening. During the party’s national convention last week, Bhattarai had raised serious questions about Dahal’s commitment to peace and constitution.

He had said that Dahal is gradually becoming “indifferent” to the main task of delivering the much awaited new constitution. But, leaders close to Dahal said that Bhattarai has made it a habit of projecting Dahal negatively whenever the rift between the two leaders widens.  

Meanwhile, the UCPN (Maoist) and CPN-Maoist have reportedly forged a working alliance on the issues related to formation of Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC) and local elections.

In the press conference organised to clarify his position on constitution drafting and intra-party rift, Dahal, however, said that the two Maoist parties concur on some vital issues of the to-be-drafted constitution such as federalism, providing rights to the margnalised communities and issues related to transitional justice mechanism.

Dahal also said that his party would not give up its progressive agenda just for the sake of drafting the new constitution.  “We want a new constitution that would address the progressive changes in the constitution as stated in the CPA and Interim Constitution,” Dahal clarified, adding that the party cannot be shameless as Nepali Congress and CPN-UML who have abandoned their core ideology.  He also warned that the country cannot move ahead towards peace, development and prosperity if other parties try to curtail the role of the Maoists in the constitution drafting process.

Saying there are no ideological differences inside the party, which became clear after his political dossier was passed unanimously by the national convention, Dahal stated that party’s position on India remains unchanged and that “unequal treaties” signed with India and border related problems should be resolved at the earliest.

Published: 12-05-2014 08:36

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