The Maoist party must unconditionally commit itself to the process of election. It shouldn’t not run away from the democratic process in whatever excuses
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It’s very disturbing and disappointing that the Maoists are becoming increasingly uncommitted towards the CA election at a time when there are less than 100 days remaining for the democratic process. It’s shocking that Prachanda, the Maoist supremo, couldn’t express unconditional commitment to the election that’s scheduled for November in a high-level meeting of eight ruling parties yesterday. Is the Maoist party afraid of the voting process? It clearly seems so. Maoists are trying to running away from the election blaming the possible disturbance that might be created by the anti-election groups or people. While doing so, Maoists have forgotten that it is their duty, as pro-election group, to fight with those in the campaign who don’t want election to happen. Deserting the battlefield is not an option.
Election is a competitive process in which people exercise their constitutional rights which also includes not taking part in the process. Election is also a battle field where both pro-election and anti-election groups fight to save and destroy the electoral process. Some forces, especially the reactionary, will do their best to discredit the electoral results. They will try to create hindrances. That’s normal. It’s the duty of the pro-election groups and pro-democracy people to deal with them and make election a grand success. Maoists can’t save their face by just blaming the possible acts of the reactionary forces. Such act will only reduce them to a complaining kid.
Maoists have presented 18-point demands in a high level meeting that took place in the official residence of the Prime Minister in Baluwataar. Many points in the demands are genuine and need serious attention of the government and the ruling alliance but they must not come as pre-conditions to the election. The emphasis on declaration of a republic ahead of polls is unjustified and thus unnecessary especially because we are less than three months away from the election and the first meeting of the CA will decide on the fate of monarchy. If the Maoists want to exert some pressure on Nepali Congress to decide on monarchy soon that’s fine but this is certainly not the time to put conditions for the election because the Maoists have signed the peace agreement and agreed in principle and in practice to go to the CA elections.
While giving repeated speech to the government to create environment for the elections, the Maoist party should look itself in the mirror: is it doing enough on its part to create favorable environment? After creating havoc in the media sector, the Maoist monster has entered into the educational sector in the form damning strike by ANNISU-R that started today. This all shows Maoists are either afraid of terribly loosing the election or don’t have enough confidence to face the people in democratic manner.– Wagle