For the record: Nepali Congress “will not let the integration happen if the Maoists continued their criminal activities.”
Nepali Congress (NC) President Girija Prasad Koirala today said he is not in favour of integration of the Maoist combatants into the Nepal Army (NA). He said that the NC, the opposition party in the Constituent Assembly, will prevent the army integration to save the NA from politicisation. “The NC is against the army integration now since the Maoists have continued violence,” he added. Addressing the National Awareness Campaign of the NC in Nepalgunj today, the former prime minister referred to the killing of two youths in Dhading by the Maoist youth wing Young Communist League (YCL), and said, “I will not let the integration happen if the Maoists continued their criminal activities.” He further claimed that the YCL will eventually put an end to the Maoists and party chairman Pushpa Kamal Dahal.
Stating the Maoists did not opt for drafting a new constitution, the octogenarian leader said he came to give voice to it and claimed that the NC would make a history by writing the constitution. “Appears that the Maoists are moving ahead with the intention not to make a new constitution,” he said, “That is why I have come to ‘bugle’ for the constitution making.” He further underscored the need for unity among the political forces for the constitution making.
Criticising Prime Minister Pushpa Kamal Dahal’s recent remarks that the parliamentary system has failed, the former prime minister opined that the Maoists fit for the ‘bad workmen blames their tools’. “If you don’t accept the parliamentary system, why have you come?” he asked. Alluding to a myth, he said, “Prachanda [the Maoist chairman and the PM] is like Kalidas. He is trying to cut off the branch he is sitting on” However, he noted that the Maoists are learning the parliamentary system as they entered the parliament after carrying guns. “Though fusion of democracy and communism already occurred,” he said, “I haven’t understood the meaning of fusion the Maoists long.” Claiming that the fusion has been accepted in Nepal after 1950, Koirala said, “If you fuse communism with democracy, it becomes socialism. If you remove democracy from socialism it becomes communism.”
Earlier today, addressing the programme organised as the part of party revival campaign, NC Acting President Sushil Koirala accused the Maoists of going against the people’s movement and mandate. Speaking at the same programme, NC youth leader Gagan Thapa said that that it would cost the Maoists their berth if they decided to go for the people’s republic.
Several NC central committee members including Krishna Sitaula, Arjun Narsingh KC, Dina Bandu Shrestha, Sujata Koirala and Khum Bahadur Khadka addressed the programme. Though other leaders were given two-minute time each for their speech due to time constraint, the NC acting presient who himself stayed as the time keeper let Gagan Thapa to speak for 10 minutes following an overhelming request from party workers.