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Prime Minister Girija Prasad Koirala on Monday said that elections to the constituent assembly (CA) would not be possible without first reinstating the police posts and VDC secretaries displaced during the decade-long conflict.
Stating that the CA elections couldn’t be held if the Maoists continue to obstruct the reinstatement of VDC secretaries and offices of the security agencies, the PM warned that failure to hold elections would harm the Maoists themselves.
“Should this happen, all the blame will go to the Maoists,” the PM said.
Stressing that the reinstatement of the VDC secretaries and police posts are essential as preparation for the upcoming CA elections, the PM reiterated that an agreement with Maoist chairman Prachanda and Baburam Bhattarai in this regards had already been reached.
“The elections to the constituent assembly won’t take place if timely arrangements are not made to reinstate the displaced police posts and VDC offices in every district. If the elections are halted, the Maoists will have to shoulder the entire blame.”
Previously, Maoist spokesperson Krishna Prasad Mahara had challenged the PM’s recent comment that Maoist Chairman Prachanda had agreed to rebuild the displaced police posts and allow for the return of the VDC chairman, stating that no such agreement had been reached.
Stating that the two leaders had reached an accord over establishing police posts in some sensitive areas only, Mahara had said that police were not needed in the villages for the electoral processes including the collection of electoral roll.
Likewise, Mahara also rebuffed the claim about sending the VDC secretaries to the villages.
Before his return to the capital on Monday after five days from his hometown Biratnagar, Koirala expressed his dissatisfaction over the idea of the interim statute rrndering the PM all powerful in the nation.
According to sources, the PM told reporters that handing over more power to the prime minister would make the serving Prime Minister an autocrat, adding that it applied to himself as well.
“No one should be tempted in this manner,” the PM said, adding that such concentration of power would erode democracy.
Mentioning that everyone had accepted his opinion against handing all powers of the state to the Prime Minister, Koirala said that this comment had garnered “positive comments”.
In another context, the PM maintained that there would be no further haggling over the ambassadorial recommendation process.
Stating that the envoy appointment process would begin as soon as he returned to the capital, PM Koirala said that he would not yield to any sort of pressure to change his decision.
“The decision has already been made; there will be no more changes,” the PM said.
He returned to the capital this afternoon.