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Elections: Repeating History of Violence?

When leaders or parties lose their confidence to woo people through their policies and programmes, they resort to wielding violence to bring the election results to their favour.

By Sagar Ghimire

As November 19, the slated date for the Constituent Assembly election, draws closer, poll fever gradually grips the government, the Election Commission (EC) as well as the political parties. The EC is in full swing to make the election happen on the scheduled date. It enforced the Code of Conduct for the election and made the election time-table public too. Likewise, the government also held a meeting recently with security organs for the election to chart out a joint security strategy for the event.

However, political parties have failed to do their bit. Instead of forging a conducive and congenial environment to conduct the elections peacefully, the leaders of the parties are now fomenting violence through their speeches.
The unfortunate announcement from the CPN-Maoist to disrupt the election wasn’t as much a surprise as was the demand of the Nepali Congress leader and cadre to form their own ‘security squad’.

Though the NC president turned down the demand raised during the party’s Training of Trainers, the demand is indicative of the deeply embedded militant mindsets of the leaders and the cadres of all big parties. Continue reading Elections: Repeating History of Violence?

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New YCL in Town

After UML, Nepali Congress follows the YCL path of the Maoist party

Following the example of the Maoists’ YCL and the CPN-UML’s Youth Force, Nepal Tarun Dal (NTD), youth wing of Nepali Congress, has formed its own separate group “to combat corruption and anarchy”. NTD aims to mobilizing the party’s youths to counter the activities of YCL and Youth Force of the two major leftist parties. However, its leaders said their youth group with will be different in nature from YCL and Youth Force. “We have not set up a force like the YCL and Youth Force, but a taskforce to launch a nationwide public awareness campaign against all kinds of corruption,” said Uday Shumsher Rana, vice-president of NTD. “It won’t scuffle with YCL and Youth Force physically but will always be ready to face any situation while carrying out its anti-graft political campaign.” NTD Secretary Janmajaya Timilsina has been assigned to lead the campaign. The NTD’s decision comes amidst wide criticism that YCL and Youth Force are taking the law in their hands and ignoring the authority of law enforcement units of the state. Continue reading New YCL in Town