Stories By 'TIKA R PRADHAN'
The government’s decision to crack down on the Communist Party of Nepal, led by Netra Bikram Chand, and its activities is marred by ambiguities and experts say the move was made on the basis of assumptions rather than realistic assessment and that instructions to initiate action against the group lack clarity.
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Former prime minister and coordinator of Naya Shakti Party-Nepal Baburam Bhattarai has objected to the government’s bid to further empower the prime minister by allowing him the authority to recommend army deployment without holding a meeting of the National Security Council.
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Six years of struggle to generate momentum for creating a separate Madhes. In and out of jail for about a dozen times on various charges. Behind bars for five consecutive months since October last year. And months-long negotiations.
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The recent government move to further empower the prime minister through legal means has drawn flak from various quarters of society and political parties.
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Two days after the government said it would act tough on the Communist Party of Nepal, led by Netra Bikram Chand, and its activities, Pushpa Kamal Dahal, co-chair of the ruling Nepal Communist Party, said on Thursday at a public function that his name was on top of the Chand outfit’s hit list.
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Pushpa Kamal Dahal once led the decade-long “people’s war” and actions during that time, as per party documents, also meant “elimination of enemies”.
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When the government signed a deal with Free Madhes campaigner CK Raut at the City Hall on Friday, most of the leaders of the ruling communist party were in the dark about the development.
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