The growing mistrust between Nepali Congress and CPN Maoist, and the ‘neither-this-side-nor-that-side’ policy of the CPN UML are the main reasons of the current political impasse that, it seems, will not be easily solved in the regular session of the parliament that will start tomorrow. UWB presents the headlines and news snippets related to the current crisis that are as varied as the voices and arguments within the six party alliance that appears to be on the edge of the break up (click on the headlines to read in detail):
Maoists step up pressure campaign
KATHMANDU, Nov 18 – The political parties have intensified intra- and inter-party discussions Sunday afternoon in bid to find a consensus among them to implement the motions endorsed by the special session of the interim parliament, seeking an arrangement for declaring the country a republic and adopting an all-out proportional system for the Constituent Assembly elections before the winter session of the House begins on Monday.
The Nepali Congress (NC) is holding its parliamentary party meeting at the official residence of the Prime Minister in the run up winter House session.
KATHMANDU, Nov 18 – Speaker Subash Chandra Nemwang Sunday said that there is no alternative to implement the motions on a republic and a fully proportional representation system passed by the special session of the interim parliament.
Kathmandu, Nov 18: Prime Minister Girija Prasad Koirala has brushed aside as a “worn-out thing” plans of some leftist parties, including the Maoists, to seek his resignation, which he said he has heard only on the media. Responding to a question raised by journalists that the other parties were seeking his resignation, PM Koirala said, “I have heard of that through newspapers.
KATHMANDU, Nov 18 – Nepali Congress Central Member Dr Shekhar Koirala Sunday said that the party does not want to overthrow the monarchy breaching the interim constitution.
Kathmandu, Nov 18: Amid growing pressure from the Maoists and the CPN-UML to implement the parliamentary special session’s strictures, Prime Minister Girija Prasad Koirala will put the issue before a seven-party meeting on Monday.
The seven-party meeting will take place a few hours before the start of the regular session of parliament slated for Monday.
BANKE, Nov 17 – Chairman of Madheshi People’s Rights Forum (MPRF) Upendra Yadav has said Prime Minister Girija Prasad Koirala should step down on moral grounds for his failure to fulfil the mandate of the April 2006s
Nov 18: Maoist No. 2 Dr Baburam Bhattarai has warned that the Nepali Congress “will have to pay a heavy price” if it goes against the directive of the parliament to declare the country a republic and adopt proportional voting system.
Nov 18: The Civil Society Movement for Democracy and Peace (CMDP) has advised the political parties to declare the country a republic from the interim parliament and immediately fix a date for the election to Constituent Assembly by reaching a political consensus.
Bara, November 18: General secretary of the CPN (UML) Madav Kumar Nepal warned on Saturday that widening gulf between the Nepali Congress and the Maoists will give rise to a great crisis.
He was addressing a function organised in Inarwasira of Bara to condole the death of journalist Birendra Shah. “The nation has already stepped into the path of a republic,” Nepal said, adding, “The CPN (UML) is working for the abolition of monarchy.”
Nov 17: Home Minister Krishna Prasad Situala has claimed that the forthcoming winter session of the interim parliament will find a solution to the current political deadlock.
Speaking at programme in the capital Saturday, Sitaula said, “Whatever the Maoists may have said, the forthcoming parliament session will surely resolve the political deadlock.”
Kathmandu, November 17: With just two days left for the regular winter session of the interim parliament, the Nepali Congress has initiated consultations with political parties to reach a consensus on the contentious issues of republic and fully proportional electoral system.
An NC taskforce headed by NC acting president Sushil Koirala met the leaders of the CPN-Maoist at their party office at Buddhanagar this morning and discussed the ways to implement the understandings and agreements reached in the past and the ways to move ahead in the future keeping intact the seven-party unity.
Nov 18: Minister for Health and Population Giriraj Mani Pokharel has said that declaring the country a republic against Nepali Congress’s wishes and holding Constituent Assembly election without Maoists participating in it is impossible.
Speaking at a programme in Gaighat of Udaypur district, Minister Pokharel said that the seven parties are holding discussions to build a new agreement in order to ensure implementation of the proposal on turning the country a republic and adopting a proportional representation based electoral system.
Phidim, November 18: Nepali Congress (NC) central leader Dr Shekhar Koirala today expressed strong objection over the remark of Maoist chairman Prachanda of changing the government guard and parliament from the street if there was no political understanding by November 22.
KATHMANDU, Nov 15 – CPN-UML leader K P Sharma Oli has held the Maoists mostly responsible for postponing the constituent assembly (CA) election and rendering it further uncertain.
“The Maoists’ self-contradictory slogan — ‘Let’s disrupt CA polls for ensuring the CA’ — itself makes it crystal clear what they want and who is responsible for postponing the polls,” he said at a function organized by Reporters’ Club Nepal in the capital, Thursday.
KATHMANDU, Nov 15 – General Secretary of CPN-UML Madhav Kumar Nepal on Thursday said the Nepali Congress (NC) should be ready for a change in the leadership of the government if the Maoists refuse to go for Constituent Assembly (CA) elections under present leadership.
Following a meeting with General Secretary of CPN-Unity Center (Masal) Narayankaji Shrestha ‘Prakash’, Nepal said, “The Nepali Congress should take it seriously and be ready for a change in government leadership so that the Maoists will take part in the Constituent Assembly poll.”
KATHMANDU, Nov 14 – Despite an endless merry-go-round of political consultations and a cabinet meeting on Wednesday, a way out of the current political impasse seems distant still.
The cabinet held its first meeting after the Tihar festival this morning but didn’t discuss the political stalemate in great detail. Some ministers raised questions about what the official stance of cabinet members should be regarding the proposals passed by the interim parliament.
DANG, Nov 14 – CPN (Maoist) Chairman Pushpa Kamal Dahal (Prachanda) said here on Wednesday that the political parties have stepped up their efforts to reach an agreement before November 19 when the winter session of the interim parliament begins.
Addressing a press meet organized by the Revolutionary Journalists Association in Ghorahi, Dang district on Wednesday, Prachanda asserted that remedies for the current political crisis should be sought from within the seven parties. “The constituent assembly (CA) elections would remain uncertain if the parties don’t reach an agreement in the next few days,” he warned.