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Kiran resigns from Constitutent Assembly

Posted by n3wday on October 25, 2008

This article appeared on Nepal News.
Mohan Vaidya resigns as CA member

A senior leader of the CPN (Maoist) Mohan Vaidya, who heads the organisational department in the party, has resigned as member of constituent assembly Tuesday.

According to Naya Patrika daily, Vaidya consulted Prime Minister Pushpa Kamal Dahal, who is also the chairman of the party Monday before filing resignation. Vaidya advocates that one person must hold only one post.

Vaidya said resignation was submitted according to party suggestions and has already been discussed in central committee and secretariat. He further said resignation would make him freer to devote on party affairs.
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Maoist Serala Regmi on Elections in Nepal

Posted by irisbright on October 25, 2008

From Nepali Times (24 Oct. 2008)

by Dewan Rai

When Maoist activist Sarala Regmi defeated the UML’s Bam Dev Gautam in Bardiya in the April elections, she was full of hope that a new Nepal was indeed being born. But her hopes were dashed a few months later when Gautam was nominated Home Minister in the coalition government.

Regmi came to Kathmandu with high expectations that she would take part in the drafting of the new constitution. After years spent underground and facing the hardships of the war years, Regmi felt the Maoist election victory was a logical outcome of her party’s sacrifices.

“No one knew how the elections would turn out, but the people rewarded me with their trust,” says 39-year-old Regmi. After she was declared the winner, every other contestant congratulated her except Gautam. When she came to Kathmandu, however, Regmi did congratulate Gautam on being appointed minister.

In Kathmandu, Regmi soon found the backroom wheeler-dealing of politics unbearable, and the constitution-drafting process was delayed by wrangling over rules of procedure. Appalled by the lack of a sense of urgency among politicians, she returned to Bardiya.

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