Category Archives: Constituent Assembly 2

The Day That Was: 22-point Bargaining

Maoists have announced to get out of the government tomorrow. Intense negotiations today were kind of inconclusive but something concrete might come by tomorrow morning which will give reason to Maoist to continue their presence in the cabinet and start the CA elections campaigns. A look into the day’s happenings:

It was a day of intense negotiations and bargaining in Kathmandu today as top leaders of various political parties were engaged in solving the latest political problem in Nepal. Those involved in the talks were mainly from Nepali Congress, CPN Maoist and CPN UML. And there was one ‘surprise’ personality who emerged as the mediator between NC (the Prime Minister) and CPN M (the Chairman- Prachanda) and ruled the FM and TV stations today. The semi-underground general secretary of CPN (Unity Center) Prakash (formal name: Narayan Kaji Shretha) met both top leaders, conveyed one’s message to the other and tried to bring both in an agreeable position. He was in Nepal FM, he was in Kantipur FM, he was in Kantipur TV and he was in BBC Nepali Service briefing reporters with his opinionated updates on the day’s development. Continue reading The Day That Was: 22-point Bargaining

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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 Chure Samaj has announced that it has withdrawn all of its protest programmes.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. Continue reading Another Victory to CA Elections: Chure Bhawar Solved

On Maoist “Roundtable Conference”

Update: Update: In a sudden development, the Maoists have postponed their “roundtable conference” that they had planned to start today in Kathmandu. In a press statement, Maoist central leader Ram Bahadur Thapa informed that the round-table conference has been called off until further notice.”The September 12, 2007 round-table conference has been called off for some time. The new date for the conference will be announced soon.” “The conference has been called off because of lack of enough homework,” said Mohan Baidhya ‘Kiran’.

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Just like Gyanedra dismissed democracy to “restore democracy”, Prachanda is putting the Constituent Assembly election at risk “to make sure the election happens”. Prachanda’s Roundtable Conference reminds Gyanedra’s Municipal elections

By Dinesh Wagle

It is generally agreed that Maoists and Monarchy are two opposing poles in a political world. Nepal is not an exception because the Maoists are one of the most vocal enemies of the feudal institution and tradition. Many might not believe but I see certain similarities between the Maoists and Monarchy in Nepal. Prachanda and Gyanendra, leaders of two opposite gangs, share same way of functioning. Remember Gyanendra dismissed democracy in 2005 to, ironically, strengthen it? Now see what Prachanda is doing: putting the Constituent Assembly election at risk to make sure the election happens. Do I have to mention that both persons and their respective gangs firmly believe in force and they have deep disregard to the public opinions. After all, both believe in dictatorship: one of a palace chief, the other of a Maoist party chief. Continue reading On Maoist “Roundtable Conference”

On Maoist "Roundtable Conference"

Update: Update: In a sudden development, the Maoists have postponed their “roundtable conference” that they had planned to start today in Kathmandu. In a press statement, Maoist central leader Ram Bahadur Thapa informed that the round-table conference has been called off until further notice.”The September 12, 2007 round-table conference has been called off for some time. The new date for the conference will be announced soon.” “The conference has been called off because of lack of enough homework,” said Mohan Baidhya ‘Kiran’.

Original Post:………….
Just like Gyanedra dismissed democracy to “restore democracy”, Prachanda is putting the Constituent Assembly election at risk “to make sure the election happens”. Prachanda’s Roundtable Conference reminds Gyanedra’s Municipal elections

By Dinesh Wagle

It is generally agreed that Maoists and Monarchy are two opposing poles in a political world. Nepal is not an exception because the Maoists are one of the most vocal enemies of the feudal institution and tradition. Many might not believe but I see certain similarities between the Maoists and Monarchy in Nepal. Prachanda and Gyanendra, leaders of two opposite gangs, share same way of functioning. Remember Gyanendra dismissed democracy in 2005 to, ironically, strengthen it? Now see what Prachanda is doing: putting the Constituent Assembly election at risk to make sure the election happens. Do I have to mention that both persons and their respective gangs firmly believe in force and they have deep disregard to the public opinions. After all, both believe in dictatorship: one of a palace chief, the other of a Maoist party chief. Continue reading On Maoist "Roundtable Conference"

Transparent Negotiations and CA Elections

Negotiations become firm and indisputable only if the process has the consensus of all parties…The reactionaries are attempting to threaten the solidarity of EPA….However Maoist’s attitude will show up soon how honest they are with their commitment to democracy.

By Prakash Bom

One of the most sensible and intelligent strategies for the successful CA elections that EPA leaderships and the cabinet can adopt is how to minimize their own tactless and undemocratic practice that give scope for reactionary forces to recoil. EPA must have firm solidarity for the CA elections so that they all can go together to the poll to achieve the common goal- establishing Federal Democratic Republic.

If the approach is democratic then it is reasonable and acceptable. The negotiations will backfire or break even if it has in good intension skipped the consensus of all parties involved. Negotiations become firm and indisputable only if the process has the consensus of all parties. If the Ministry of Peace and Reconstruction had consulted all members of EPA prior to final agreement with MPRF, the Maoists would not have chance to backfire; and if MPRF chairman had persuaded the members of his party, some of the board members of MPRF would not have revolted against the negotiation. Though the Maoist party has denounced the negotiation procedure their outright objection of the 22 points agreement reflects their resentment against the successful movement of MPRF. Continue reading Transparent Negotiations and CA Elections

Nepali Congress For Federal Democratic Republic Nepal

Nepali Congress, Nepal’s ruling, biggest and one of the oldest political party goes for federal democratic republic making it almost certain that monarchy will formally be abolished in Nepal in the next few months.

By Dinesh Wagle

It’s been quite a while I haven’t used the term historic in my writings recently but to continue with that for long time in these times in Nepal is very difficult. Something historical is happening in Nepali Congress, the biggest party of Nepal whose President is also the Prime Minister and officiating head of state. The Central Working Committee of Nepali Congress today adopted, in principle, the policy of federal democratic republic (sangiya loktantrik ganatantra) in Nepal. A team led by central member Chakra Prasad Bastola to draft the Constituent Assembly election manifesto for the party had presented the draft for discussion in the CWC today. The CWC meeting held at the Prime Minister’s official residence at Baluwatar endorsed the proposal following almost nine hours long heated discussion on the proposal.

[“The main thing is that the CWC has agreed in principle to a federal republican state structure and multi-party democratic system of governance stipulated in the draft of the manifesto that we have finalized today,” said Arjun Narsingh KC, the party’s member of the manifesto drafting committee. “We will now solicit suggestions from the party’s sister fronts in the run up to the Maha Samiti.”] Continue reading Nepali Congress For Federal Democratic Republic Nepal

Nepal Political Update: Latest Agreement and CA Election

Nepal Government-MPRF agreement is the best thing that has happened to the Nepali peace process in the past several months. Now get ready to VOTE!

Forget the Maoist reaction, the Nepal government-Madhesi Forum (MPRF) agreement is the best thing that has happened to the Nepali peace process in the past several months. Peace Process? You must be thinking I am kidding, right? Dude, peace process is between the Maoist and the government of Nepal. So where does it come in an agreement between the government and the Forum? Well, the answer is plain and simple. Peace process also includes successful holding of the Constituent Assembly election and this agreement is a big step in ensuring just that. Why the Maoist denounce this agreement? Answer: Hello! Are the Maoists welcoming the fast approaching election? NO. If they fear election, how can they welcome something that ensures the same? But the Maoist folks have no other genuine option than taking part in election and, well you know the consequence, take a couple of dozen seats (I am being too generous in my guessing) in the Constituent Assembly. The only other option is the one suggested by the Maoist nominated lawmaker Hari Roka. (I know he doesn’t’ like to be labeled as Maoist but my suggestion to him is: Hell with your double standard yar. Come on, face the reality. You are happy to be nominated by the Party and still hesitate to be called a Maoist? Grow up.) And the Hari Roka option is: get out of the government (and interim legislature) and start the urban revolt. Will Maoist dare to go for such step? It remains to be seen but my impression is that that is highly unlikely. Continue reading Nepal Political Update: Latest Agreement and CA Election

Update on Nepal Politics: Maoist Drama and Election Schedule

election_program_1.jpg ब्लगमान्डू: संविधान सभा चुनावका लागि शर्त राख्दै माओवादीले गरेको अपील

Click on the pic to see the poll Schedule 1 and here is Schedule 2

This and the past week are witnessing interesting developments on the political front. The Maoist drama and its confusing and contradictory statements regarding elections have overshadowed the past several days. Amid all the uncertainties the election commission publicized the schedule of the Constituent Assembly polls that has helped to propel the election electin politics to new height. Then one UN honcho says he thinks elections are possible on November 22 which is also a matter of satisfaction. Also comes the news that the cabinet on Monday (20 Aug) has decided to nationalize within 15 days the property of the late King Birendra and his family and property inherited by King Gyanendra. Decided? Didn’t the government decide to do the same months ago? Still better to be optimistic and we are thiking positive. Here is the roundup of key headlines (and leads) of the past few days just in case if you have missed them:

Maoist U-turns on poll pre-conditions continue

KATHMANDU, Aug 20- The CPN Maoist renewed its call for a republic and a proportional election system as pre-conditions for the Constituent Assembly (CA) polls. However, in an ironic twist, Maoist Chairman Prachanda has issued a press statement floating a 22-point pre-requirement proposal to “ensure” that the CA polls are held on November 22. Prachanda has warned of strong protests including ‘people’s action’, ‘political’ strikes and public meetings in case there is no action on the 22-point proposal. The two Maoist pre-conditions – declaration of a republic before going for elections and a proportional election system – are not new and were incidentally already decided upon by an eight-party meet long ago. The EPA had decided in favor of a mixed election system and finalizing the fate of the monarchy at the fist meeting of the constituent assembly. (continue reading this article here or click on More read rest of this blog post) Continue reading Update on Nepal Politics: Maoist Drama and Election Schedule

Maoists Must Not Fear Election

The Maoist party must unconditionally commit itself to the process of election. It shouldn’t not run away from the democratic process in whatever excuses

Constituent Assembly Football Cup
Referee: Election Commission
Okay, get ready!

Cartoon by Batsyayana via Kantipur

It’s very disturbing and disappointing that the Maoists are becoming increasingly uncommitted towards the CA election at a time when there are less than 100 days remaining for the democratic process. It’s shocking that Prachanda, the Maoist supremo, couldn’t express unconditional commitment to the election that’s scheduled for November in a high-level meeting of eight ruling parties yesterday. Is the Maoist party afraid of the voting process? It clearly seems so. Maoists are trying to running away from the election blaming the possible disturbance that might be created by the anti-election groups or people. While doing so, Maoists have forgotten that it is their duty, as pro-election group, to fight with those in the campaign who don’t want election to happen. Deserting the battlefield is not an option. Continue reading Maoists Must Not Fear Election

Carter Center Election Observation Mission in Nepal: Latest Report

Carter Center’s international election observation mission in Nepal released its 5-point observations and recommendations yesterday

“Now is the time for the government of Nepal to demonstrate its genuine intention to hold a credible constituent assembly election on November 22, 2007. The parties must come together to convince the people of their dedication to this goal, take immediate steps to gain the confidence of marginalized groups, and address the poor security environment so that the peace process continues to progress.”former U.S. President Jimmy Carter

This statement presents the observations and continued findings of the Carter Center’s international election observation mission in Nepal. In March 2007, the mission deployed 13 long-term observers (LTOs) representing nine different nationalities throughout Nepal to assess the political and electoral environment in the period leading up to the constituent assembly election. The Center’s observers have visited all of Nepal’s 75 districts, in many cases multiple times, reaching not only to district headquarters but also to the village level.

The observations and recommendations below build upon the Carter Center’s previous pre-election statement and are based on information gathered by the Center’s headquarters staff and long-term observers in meetings with electoral authorities, government officials, political party and civil society leaders, security officials, Nepali citizens, and representatives of the international community.

The Carter Center conducts election observation activities in a nonpartisan, professional manner in accordance with applicable Nepali law and international standards for election observation as set forth in the Declaration of Principles for International Election Observation. The Center coordinates closely with other international and domestic observer delegations and publishes statements of its findings and recommendations on its Web site: http://www.cartercenter.org. The goal of the Center’s mission in Nepal is to demonstrate international support for and provide an independent assessment of the constituent assembly election process. The Center hopes that its activity will help ensure a credible process that is accepted by the people of Nepal and which serves to consolidate the gains of the ongoing peace process. Continue reading Carter Center Election Observation Mission in Nepal: Latest Report