What’s happening to comrade Prachanda these days? He has started speaking nonsense and behaving like a silly child. First, this fiasco about DDR and SSR. Then his statements on using YCL to provide security in elections. Prachanda should know once and for all that YCL and elections can’t come together in a single sentence. They are different altogether in every aspect. YCL is about intimidation and highhandedness while election is about the biggest democratic exercise ever for Nepal. Madhav Kumar Nepal and Sher Bahadur Deuba have rightly made it clear that deployment of YCL in election is unacceptable. Even the talks about that are unacceptable actually.
Prachanda and his party have already agreed upon the role of UNMIN in the peace process (arms management). The verification process that Prachand is happy to term as ‘the DDR conspiracy of the UNMIN’ was the point agreed by the Maoists in the peace agreement. After the verification comes the SSR. To create bakheda now, at a time when all parties are supposed to focus on elections, is to create obstacles for the CA elections.
The United Nations Mission in Nepal (UNMIN) coming to the press complaining of the unwillingness of the Maoists to discharge the combatants disqualified in the verification process should be considered seriously. It is a clear indication to the political parties, the civil society and the general public that they need to exert pressure on the Maoists to abide by the Agreement on Monitoring the Management of Arms and Armies. After the completion of the verification of the first camp in Ilam, the verification process has been stalled, and the Maoists are alleging that the UNMIN was conspiring to apply the regime of Disarmament, Demobilization and Re-integration (DDR). According to Prachanda, they want Security Sector Reform (SSR) for their combatants. Unfortunately, it seems o be not only the question of DDR or SSR; it looks more like an attempt by the Maoists to create an obstacle to delay the verification process. (more)
If not talks, then force: Meanwhile, we support the recent call made by the home minister Krishna Prasad Sitaula to all conflicting sides in Terai to come to the table for talks. If they don’t come, there is no other way then crushing them all by force. Groups like JTMM-Goit that are raising the voice to separate nation of Terai need to be deal with force because no negotiations can be held on the topic of national integrity.