Yet another victory for elections. But talks are not for all. Force should also be considered.
After satisfying the demands of Madhesi Janaadhikar Forum (MPRF), the government has struck a deal with another agitating faction in the plains that’s opposed to MPRF. Government of Nepal and the agitating Chure Bhawar Ekta Samaj Nepal (CBES-N) reached a nine-point agreement today evening. Chure Samaj has announced that it has withdrawn all of its protest programmes. With this agreement, yet another obstruction to the election of the Constituent Assembly has vanished from the road to the democratic exercise. This agreement come on the day when security agencies stated that no other organizations than the Maoist Youth Communist League are posing security threats in the mid-western region of the country. (At the regional level conference on security arrangement for the CA elections held in Nepalgunj today, they said that except for the activities of the Maoist-aligned Young Communist League (YCL), a political vacuum pervades the countryside.) Today is also the day when Maoists suspended their so called “roundtable conference” citing “lack of homework” on their part. The reality is that organizations that were supposed to take part in the “conference” pulled out at the eleventh hour blaming the Maoists that they were not serious to the issues.
Maoist must feel the pressure now that the environment to the election is being created. This also proves that talks should be given priority to solve the problems. There are still some other “political” groups with criminal behavior and one of them is Janatantrik Terai Mukti Morcha-Goit (JTMM-G) that has renewed its threat that it would not let the government hold the Constituent Assembly elections scheduled for November 22 in the Terai. But talks are not the suitable options for all groups. A parliamentary committee looking at the management of the upcoming Constituent Assembly (CA) polls has demanded that the government settle the criminal activity rife in the tarai districts through use of force. Purna Bahadur Khadka, coordinator of the CA polls Management Monitoring Sub-committee for the eastern region, said that the tarai problems should be categorized into two types – political and criminal – and dealt with accordingly. “The eight political parties should seek a political solution for political problems, but there is no alternative to the use of force to contain criminal activity in the tarai,” Khadka said in Sankhuwasabha district headquarters Khandbari on Tuesday. He was for use of force in Siraha and Saptari districts to control growing criminal activity and to create an election-friendly environment.