Prime Minister Nepal Addresses the Nation

९. सरकार परिवर्तनलाई नै मुख्य विषय बनाउने हो भने पनि यसका लागि हामीले नै स्थापित गरेको राजनीतिक र संवैधानिक प्रक्रिया अपनाउनै पर्दछ।

Prime Minister Madhav Kumar Nepal urged the UCPN (Maoist) to withdraw the strike and come to the table to find an agreement. Addressing the nation on Saturday evening (today) just after a few minutes the Maoist concluded their mass assembly in which thousands of people participated, he said strike and violence will weaken the democracy, new constitution cannot be made and federal republic cannot be institutionalised. He stressed on agreement and cooperation for the conclusion of peace process and new constitution. For agreement, he said, language of tolerance and cooperation should be spoken, and not that of threat and intimidation Continue reading Prime Minister Nepal Addresses the Nation

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Ruling Parties Want Govt to be Strong [Against Maoists]

Leaders of 22 political parties of the ruling alliance (some are in the govt while others have supported it from outside) met today at the official residence of the Prime Minister to discuss the planned general strike of the Maoist from tomorrow. According to the Chief advisor of the PM, the meeting passed a four-point resolution that asks Maoists to call back the general strike scheduled from tomorrow. The meeting also asked the former rebels have adhere to democratic principles while voicing their concerns and refrain from applying violent tactics to mobilize people. “Despite the constitutional and consensus-based options available to form or dissolve the government [the Maoists] have declared to bring down the government from the street which is against the democratic system and democratic norms,” says first point of the resolution adopted by the meeting.”…It would be inappropriate to bow in front of such haughtiness. It is our duty to protect the progressive agreements signed in the past, interim constitution, democracy and the achievements of people’s movement. We will not compromise with anyone against these issues.” The meeting also requested the government to ensure the safety of the public. The meeting requested the public to oppose the Maoist highhandedness.

The following is the full text of the decision of 22 political parties in Nepali.

बाइस दलको निर्णयको पूर्ण पाठ

प्रधानमन्त्री माधवकुमार नेपालको अध्यक्षतामा आज उहाकै निवास बालुवाटारमा सरकारमा सहभागी तथा सरकारलाई समर्थन गर्ने दलहरुको बैठक बस्यो। बैठकमा एकीकृत नेकपा (माओवादी) द्वारा घोषणा गरिएको आमहड्तालले उत्पन्न गरेको परिस्थितिलगायतका विषयमा व्यापक छलफल भएको थियो। बैठकले छलफलपछि निम्न चार बुँदे प्रस्ताव पारित गरेको छ : Continue reading Ruling Parties Want Govt to be Strong [Against Maoists]

Letter from Kathmandu: Maoist May Day Rally and Planned Strike

The Maoist May Day rallies are originating from different parts of Kathmandu..they are moving towards the city center (Khula Manch) where they will assemble to hear their leader Pushpa Kamal Dahal (Prachanda). Here’s an analysis by Akhilesh Upadhyay

If the ongoing efforts for an agreement between the Maoists and the ruling parties fail by Saturday (today), the UCPN (Maoist) will go on an “indefinite strike” the next day.

What will follow looks grim.

First, the May Day rallies. A large turnout is expected, though estimates vary. The number of Maoists on the streets in the Capital will not exceed 150,000, according to a senior Metropolitan police officer keeping tab of incoming Maoists. A senior Maoist leader put the number at 400,000, including 67,000 party members based in the valley’s three districts and the party’s broader Tamsaling and Newa Autonomous regions. Continue reading Letter from Kathmandu: Maoist May Day Rally and Planned Strike