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Dahal seeks big protest turnout
Feb 15, 2015-
UCPN (Maoist) Chairman Pushpa Kamal Dahal has said that the presence of supporters on the street would determine the party’s future direction in national politics.
Addressing a programme at the party headquarters on Sunday, the opposition leader said the ruling parties would start the voting process in the Constituent Assembly if there was a small number of participants at the planned mass meetings of the alliance of Maoist, Madhesi and Janajati parties. He was of the view that even the international community was closely watching their street agitation.
He asked leaders to make efforts to bring a large number of supporters to the protest. “If the ruling parties press for voting, we’ll have to struggle to regain strength in national politics,” Dahal said.
The 30-party alliance is geared up to intensify the street movement. The Maoist chairman said that Prime Minister Sushil Koirala, CPN-UML Chairman KP Oli and Nepali Congress General Secretary Krishna Prasad Sitaula were providing misinformation to the international community about the Maoist party. “They have briefed the international community that we have turned ineffective and we lack popular support,” Dahal said, adding that the agitating parties should prove themselves through massive demonstrations. Dahal, however, admitted that the Maoist organisational structure had been dysfunctional and needed “revival through street movement”.
“We should not remain passive. Only a decisive stir can lay the foundation of a new party,” Dahal said. To highlight their significance, he claimed the 19 parties in the CA opposed to voting on disputed issues have more strength than the ruling parties. “We collectively got more votes in the CA polls than the ruling parties,” he said.
Published: 16-02-2015 08:43