Bhattarai Speaks on Political Consensus and Street Protests
Posted by Ka Frank on November 27, 2009
Telegraph Nepal, November 24, 2009.
Opinion: Dr. Babu Ram Bhattarai
Dr. Babu Ram Bhattarai, Vice Chairman, Unified Maoist Party, interviewed in Jana Disha Daily, November 23, 2009
As your party enters into the third round of protest programs soon, tell us how have you analyzed the Second Round of Protest programs?
Dr. Bhattarai: The second round of protest was a grand success. Our demand for restoration of Civilian Supremacy in the country has been established well among the masses due to their huge participation in the protest programs. And it is true that it makes no sense if the government addresses our demands or not because those in the government have no peoples’ support. They are not responsible to the people. They are instead spreading the gossip that our protests have had no impact.
Do you have the feeling that the third round of protest will force the government to accept your demands?
Dr. Bhattarai: Let me tell you frankly that we still want our demands addressed though consensus between the parties. Our objective is to draft the constitution and bring logical end to the peace process. But, we found out that this government is not in favor of politics of consensus thus we were forced to declare another round of protest. We had served a week ultimatum to the government after the conclusion of the second round of protest, yet it was ignored. We are certain that our demands would be met this time around. This round of protest will see grand and massive participation of the general public, greater than ever.
So you think that this government will address your demands?
Dr. Bhattarai: This is an illegal government, it has been rejected by the people and a government formed through an unnatural alliance. And it is not expected that this government will address our demands easily.
You say that this is an unnatural government still you unlock the parliamentary deadlock to pass the budget brought in by the same illegal government? How does it match after all?
Dr. Bhattarai: We maintain that this is an unnatural and illegal government and we also say that we have no support to its budget. Our commitment is to get rid of the government imposed financial crisis to the General public, government officials, Army and Police. We have felt our responsibility to the nation and the people. We have never said that we will not let the government pass the budget. Our demand is simply that we must be allowed to discuss the unconstitutional decision of the President at the parliament. The government by ridiculing our demand had in turn blocked the parliamentary proceedings. The parliamentary deadlock is not because of our faults.
Tell us what if your demand for restoration of civilian supremacy is met?
Dr. Bhattarai: After Civilian Supremacy resorted we believe that there will be no threat coming from any quarters to the republican order. The President’s decision backed by the security forces has made the republican order itself in a danger. To safeguard the country from this threat the demand for Civilian Supremacy is very important. Civilian Supremacy restored, the Army will set the precedence that Army is not above the Civilian Government. The institution of Army should come under the direct influence of the people. This is not the case at present.
Any response as such from the parties or even the government after the declaration of third round of protest programs?
Dr. Bhattarai: This government is not at all serious over the concerns raised by the people. It is totally irresponsible. This is the government of the marionettes. It is not a legal one. It is a handicapped government and taking support from elsewhere to stand upright. Thus there has been no response coming from the government after we declared third round of protest programs.
Does this mean that except taking to the streets there is no other way to fulfill your demands?
Dr. Bhattarai: I have already told you that we are still trying to resolve dispute through consensus, but, this unnatural, marionette and illegal government is not in favor of addressing our demands amicably. In this situation, we are certain our demands will be met after greater participation of the people through our protests. We feel that this government will surrender only after the sea of people comes to the streets.
Finally, what say you?
Dr. Bhattarai: The movement to liberate the people from the feudal, semi-colonial state beginning 2007 B.S. continues unabated. The movement to establish full democracy is still continuing. For democracy, the prevalence of civilian supremacy is mandatory. To achieve the target all the sections of the society, class, caste, region, gender and community need to once again agitate. I urge all to actively participate in the third round of protest declared by our party. This round of protest will ensure civilian supremacy and Nepali independence.