Discussions will continue on the roadmap to the election of constituent assembly
Okay, the decision has been made. Verdict has been out. The pro-democracy Seven Party Alliance has reached a brand new agreement with the underground Maoist Party (wait and don’t get excited. The groundbreaking 12-point understanding signed by both sides in November 22 still in effect and there is nothing dramatically new in the second version). Today’s meeting of top Alliance leaders in Kathmandu decided to publicize the second understanding. I am in possession of two Press Releases jointly signed by the top leaders of the alliance Girija Prasad Koirala (Nepali Congress), Amrit Kumar Bohora (CPN UML), Sher Bahadur Deuba (NC Democratic), Lilamani Pokharel (Janamorcha Nepal), Narayanman Bijukchhe (Nepal Majdoor Kishaan Party), Rajendra Mahato (Nepal Sadbhavana Party) and Nanda Kumar Prasain (Samyukta Bammorchha) and issued this afternoon. The first one, not the agreement, says:
1. We have decided to publicize the second understanding between Seven Political Parties and the CPN (Maoist). We are committed to move forward making the 12-point understanding even more conclusive and clear.
2. Peaceful united movement against autocracy is continuing. As per the announcement of Fagun 29, countrywide general strike and non-cooperation movement will be organized on Chaitra 24, 25, 26, 27 (April 6, 7, 8, 9). A huge peaceful demonstration will be organized in Kathmandu on Chairtra 26 (April 8th). Programs of non-cooperation will continue as per previous announcements. We request all people, organizations and members of civil society to help and support us in these programs.
3. We request the Maoist to call back the blockade, programs of strikes, and Banda so that general public and hundreds of thousands of students appearing in SLC exams will not face difficulties. Also, we expect that such a callback would help remove possible disturbance to the peaceful programs of the mass movement.
And another Press Release signed by the same leaders of the alliance has this title: “Second understanding between seven political parties and CPN Maoist”
The release reminds us about the 12-ponit agreement adding that the pro-democracy movement was intensified after the agreement and, as a result of that agreement, municipal elections of Magh 26 became a complete failure. The release also talks about international support that the Agreement enjoyed after it was signed and claims that the same has been endorsed by the people. “This means,” the release says, “it is clear that the agreement is the real basis for the solution of the conflict in the country. In this situation, we express our commitment to implement the agreement firmly.”
According to the release, parties believe in this roadmap: Restore the Parliament with the force of the movement. Powerful all party government will be formed with the decision of the parliament. Constitution Assembly will be held as per the understanding and talks with the Maoists there by restoring the complete loktantra (democracy), solving the conflict and establishing sovereign power in people.
According to the release, Maoists believe in this roadmap: Agitating forces will organize a national conference and, with the decision of that that conference, interim government will be formed to hold the election of constituent assembly.
The agreement further states:
“We have agreed that SPA and the Maoists will continue holding discussions to finalize this procedural working list and look for common agreement. To meet that destination, we have agreed, that the power of people’s movement is the sole alternative.”
“To restore people’s sovereignty and solve the conflict via the election of constituent assembly based on that [agreed] procedure, we request all people to actively participate in the ongoing peaceful movement.”
The alliance also sought help from international community to end autocratic monarchy and establish complete loktantra (democracy) in the country.