Another Victory to CA Elections: Chure Bhawar Solved

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 Chure Samaj has announced that it has withdrawn all of its protest programmes.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.

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18 thoughts on “Another Victory to CA Elections: Chure Bhawar Solved”

  1. If I was one of those organizations I wouldn’t want to go to the Maoist round table either. The Maoists are going to have to do some serious “homework” to convince others that they aren’t calling them forward to endorse a pre-approved Maoist agenda if they want it to have any sort of legitimacy.

    As for the Maoist 22 point demands, I can’t seem to even find them. The best I could do was 13. How many people who are denouncing these demands even know what they are?

    Here’s the list I could get at saag.org:

    1. Nationalising the property of late King Birendra and Queen Aishwarya
    2. Nationalising the property that King Gyanendra acquired after ascending the throne. This would include the Narayanhitti Palace, Kathmandu, the palace at Gokarna, Ramamandir, Pokhara and the Diyalo Bungalow in Chitwan.
    3. Replacing the army personnel on security duty at Narayanhitti Palace and replacing them with a simple security system.( If read with item 2, it looks that without waiting for a republic, the YCL cadres may attempt to take possession of the Palace)
    4. Punishing those implicated in the Raymajhi Commission.
    5. Providing compensation of one hundred thousand rupees to the family of each of those killed in the armed conflict.
    6. High Level commission to probe into cases of “disappeared” persons.
    7. A round table conference of all sections of the society including Janajathis and the Madhesis to discuss and solve their problems.
    8. Release of all political detainees.
    9. Start the process of integrating the PLA with the Nepal Army by forming a special cabinet committee
    10. To form a security council.
    11. Immediate formation of local bodies
    12. Setting up of a special panel to curb corruption in government offices.
    13. To bring to book those guilty of Gaur Massacre in the Terai. ( The Lahan incident is conveniently forgotten. The chief culprit is a senior PLA commander! )

    Most of these that here should be a “No brainer.” For instance if the Army is supposed to be “democratised” why have no reports on the whereabouts of the disapered been funished? Some of them were agreed to by the SPA as far back as the 12-point agreement. (integration of the two armies) Many of them are written into the interim constitution but have yet to be implimented.

    Whatever biases we all have aside. Can we not agree that the Maoists have a good reason to believe very little of the past agreements with them will be honored if they don’t win a good deal of support in the CA elections?

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  2. Neil:

    I would denounce each of their demand even without looking at it. Why? The TIMING. When you have little more than two months of time for election, which they agreed before, why on earth you make up demands after demands as if you are a child and SPA are your father?? Shouldn’t maoists show some respect for public opinion if you take them as some responsible party?? If they still think they can forcefully implement the things they wanted shouldn’t they reconsider the strategy fo abandoning (??)the violence??

    They are in constant dilemma, on the one hand they are afraid of the repurcussions after losing the elections and on the other they are in fear of a blame if CA postponed or cancelled.The roundtable conference drama, the quitting from the cabinet threats, and yes, 22 points demand (whatever they are) these all are the bargains they are asking from the SPAs. If they agree to provide 15 to 20 percent seats in CA election uncontested, the whole episode would come to a happy ending,isn’t comrade Neil??

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  3. संविधान सभा चुनावका लागि शर्त राख्दै माओवादीले गरेको अपील

    Hey Neil,

    Follow that link to see those Maoist demands; all 22 points listed by the comrade themselves in their own choice of order. You might want to hire a translator though. Not all of them are bad and wrong of course. Actually many of them are very good and some of them are already in the process of being fulfilled. For instance the government intensified to start nationalizing the properties of king just days after the Maoist publicized their demands. I don’t know what the cabinet committee is doing now.

    But the main problem lies in mainly two Maoist demands: declaration of republic and opting proportional voting system in the election. And interestingly and I say disturbingly Maoists have already agreed upon the arrangements for both of the demands. What guarantee the Maoists can give that even after their two demands are met that they would not come up with another angle for the same two demands? No one can trust Maoist.

    By the way, the first point has also been partly fulfilled: Nepali Congress has clarified its stand on republicanism. I also think almost all of the Maoist demands (except the declaration of republic and proportional system) can be fulfilled by talks and before the CA. Most of them are, as I said earlier, genuine and also populist like taking out the army from Narayanhitti palace and for example, No. 22 says: Implement the peace agreement without delay. Who will not implement the peace agreement? Even the declaration of republic is possible but technically, if you are to hold election on November 22, using proportional system is not possible.

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  4. I think I can continue to ignore loser form the West like Neil and his friend teacher turned terrorist (TTT) Pushpa Kamal’s 13 points or 22 points.

    The issue here is about chure bhanwar.. until recently, proponents of a republic set up like our very own Dinesh wagle and his publication Kantipur were accusing that the Churey Bhanwar movement is instigated by the monarchy supporters. And now we are witnessing a pro-royalist group’s problem being “solved”. Am I missing something? Is this another “historic” event or what?

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  5. Actually, I don’t see the direct demand of proportional voting sytem though the point no 6 says there needs to be a round table conference to ensure the proportional representation of all class, ethnics, region, madhesi, women, dalits, minority community etc. So I think Maoists will also withdraw the agitation in the next week or so after showing the drama of talks and negotiations with the government on those 22-point demands because, as I stated earlier, many of them are already being fulfilled or are in the process of fulfilled like ambassadorial appointments etc. It’s just that Maoists want to show their cadres or general public that they are really raising issues!

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  6. I think government should fulfill maoists demands too.
    For example, those killed each in MPRF and Chure.Bv demonstrations got the compensation. So why not to maoists killed? After all, those are also nepalese people and perhaps their families are suffering the most.
    Not fulfilling the demands will be more FATAL to nepal than the maoists.
    Re-think abt it.
    Good Wishers.

    Zj Hz, China

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  7. “Can we not agree that the Maoists have a good reason to believe very little of the past agreements with them will be honored if they don’t win a good deal of support in the CA elections?”

    Hmmmmmm …. what about the Maoists violating the peace agreement left and right?

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  8. It’s pointless fulfiiling anymore demands of the maoists when we are headed for elections. They have made it clear when Prachanda himself was addressing a meeting that EVEN IF THEIR 22 POINT DEMANDS ARE MET THEY WILL STILL GO FOR AGITATION as they will AGAIN place another demand to lead the government. As Prachanda does not expect this to be fulfilled he said therefore no election for them, only agitation. Neil looks at these maoists with straigt forward eyes. They are really up to no good.

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  9. Its pretty obvious Maoists are finished, and its this obviousness wherein lies the danger. In the days to come if they decide they are destined to doom, they will realise they have nothing to lose and will do anything to stop elections. NC has to coax them along without showing jingoistic attitude. And I think issue such as prop rep are legitimate, its not just Maoists agenda but agenda of majority of Nepalese. Agreement on this would kill 2 birds with 1 stone.

    But hey, I’m still not sure abt the modalities of the CA. When is this govt going to sensitize the public.

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  10. i dont know whats all the fuss about 22 point demands. and whats up with these demands anyway the maobadis are always making these ‘demands’. well i also have some of me ‘demands’ too.
    1. girija should be impeeched immediately.
    2. girija and his familys and political leaders property nationalized.
    3. ban politics from schools and educational institution.
    4. bring back death sentences exclusivly for crimes ofcorruption and favorism.
    5. right for information applied vigoriously.
    6. have a equally balanced parliament meaning less maoist and less bahuns.
    7. prosecute anyone voitating the peace accord to maximum affect so it stands
    as an example.
    8. disband YCL and anyone weilding a gun with out athorization be castrated.
    9. reveal the economic source and property of maoist party and its leaders.
    10. reopen the hit and run incident of narayanhiti palace.
    11. recommend to war crimes tribunal to have a look at the conflict in nepal and find the way to prosecute murderers and criminals of ambos sides.
    12. set up a internationally recognized commitee to investigate and report on royal family massacre. not by someone who goes rat tat tat.
    13. hang pracanda so that it be clear that no one can to rise to power with voilence and murder.

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  11. The following people are the GREATEST ENEMIES OF NEPAL: TTT Prachande, Gyane, Jwala singh, GOIT, Girija , and Sher Bahadur Deuba. These gang of SIX are mainly responsible for turning Nepal into a land of chaos, instability, insecurity, corruption, and all sorts of problems. So, the need of the hour is to tie them together, and then hang them together at Tundhikhel before the Public. If we can get rid of these six GREATEST CRIMINALS, THEN Nepal will turn into a land of peace, prosperity, and opportunity for all Nepalese. These gang of six totally destroyed this country for their vested interest.

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  12. CA is a must, to descide the fate of maoist not only the monarchist.

    The 22 point demand is worthless, if you maoists win in CA you can make 100000 demands and fullfill them. But the reality is you will never win.

    Nepalese will never forget who started bloody war in our beautiful country.

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  13. 14000 lives for 83 parliamentary seats.

    How much more lives maoist require to make their own government?

    Special request to Neil:

    Can you calculate this equation for me? I am weak in mathematics.

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  14. Prachanda and Muslim??????

    Read the news:

    Maoist chairman Prachanda has revealed that his party is trying to forge consensus in the eight-party alliance for “timely elections to constituent assembly”, for which the party has floated 22-point preconditions.

    Describing the Nepali Muslims as the “most marginalised and deprived group,” Prachanda said the state must guarantee equitable representation of Muslims at the policy level and effectively implement the religious secularism the state adopted last year.

    He also took the opportunity to urge the Muslim community to actively join in the planned street movement of the Maoists.

    nepalnews.com mk Sep 14 07

    What is “atheist, non-beleiver of God” Communist rebel doing here??????

    Promote “Madrassas” in Nepal so that what he sees the poor Nepali Hindus would have the fate of Kashmiri pundits?

    These politicians can bend down to any level if they see the least political benefit, even if it means the complete destruction of their own brethrens.

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  15. Prachanda and Muslim??????

    Read the news:

    Maoist chairman Prachanda has revealed that his party is trying to forge consensus in the eight-party alliance for “timely elections to constituent assembly”, for which the party has floated 22-point preconditions.

    Describing the Nepali Muslims as the “most marginalised and deprived group,” Prachanda said the state must guarantee equitable representation of Muslims at the policy level and effectively implement the religious secularism the state adopted last year.

    He also took the opportunity to urge the Muslim community to actively join in the planned street movement of the Maoists.

    nepalnews.com mk Sep 14 07

    What is “atheist, non-beleiver of God” Communist rebel doing here??????

    Promote “Madrassas” in Nepal so that what he sees the poor Nepali Hindus would have the fate of Kashmiri pundits?

    These politicians can bend down to any level if they see the least political benefit, even if it means the complete destruction of their own brethrens.

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  16. Elections will decide where Maoists will end up, all this is a tactic so that Maoist can dictate the Nepali People. YCL in the Palace, really why YCL, why not the cadres of Congress or of UML, why YCL ? I still say shoot them all terrorists and thugs need to be shot down without mercy. KTM people have no balls, learn from the madhesi on how to treat YCL and their leaders.

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