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Don’t press us too hard, Dahal warns ruling bloc
- Maoist leaders say extreme circumstances could force them to quit CA
Feb 1, 2015-
UCPN (Maoist), the third largest party in the Constituent Assembly, has warned the Nepali Congress and CPN-UML not to push it to the brink by going ahead unilaterally in the constitution drafting process.
If the ruling parties continue to sideline them and try to draft the new constitution on the basis of their numerical strength in the CA, said party Chairman Pushpa Kamal Dahal on Sunday, such circumstances could force them to opt out of the Constituent Assembly process altogether.
Leaders, however, say walking out of the CA process is not their “immediate” policy but the party is “mentally prepared” to do so in the case of the ruling parties continuing efforts to promulgate a constitution by sidelining them.
The opposition leader said though the party has not yet decided to stay out of the CA process, the circumstances may “drive us to remain among the people and not return to Kathmandu”.
Organising a press conference at the party headquarters, Perisdanda, Chairman Dahal said they are still in favour of drafting the constitution on the basis of consensus. Top leaders of the party will not remain in Kathmandu as they have decided to go out of the Valley to lead protest rallies against the ruling bloc’s stance.
Dahal reiterated that there can be no negotiations with the ruling parties until there is the guarantee of scrapping of the ongoing majority process in the CA and returning to consensus process in constitution drafting.
The Maoist chief said the top leaders will reach the people to inform them about the “conspiracy being made by the ruling parties” to dampen the political gains. According to the official decision of the party, leaders Dahal, Baburam Bhattarai and Narayan Kaji Shrestha will stay outside the Capital to lead political movements.
Dahal will take the command of the central region, Bhattarai western, and Shrestha will lead the movement in the eastern region. The Central Committee has decided to intensity the agitation across the country.
“We decided to go to the grassroots because people’s agenda are in peril. We brought about a historic change in the country but are being systematically sidelined,” Dahal said, adding that people from all walks of life should feel ownership of the new constitution.
Dahal said all the movements would remain peaceful. According to leaders, Dahal is consulting with top leaders of the party about the mass resignation of CA members if the ruling parties move ahead in the majority process.
Dahal and Bhattarai have the same view that mass resignation is the last resort but Shrestha is against the idea. “If our role in constitution drafting is undermined, there will be moral pressure on us to walk out,” said Maoist leader Agni Sapkota. “We cannot remain both in the CA and on streets taking state allowances and salary.”
Published: 02-02-2015 09:20