Nepal: Prachanda Says May 1st is the Deadline
Posted by hetty7 on April 10, 2011
This article is from myrepublica.com
“If the conspiracy to disrupt the peace process and constitution drafting prevails even after May Day, the 30 million people of Nepal should rise up,” said Dahal at a rally organized in Kathmandu to mark ther 21st anniversary of the People’s Movement.
Prachanda Gives Parties till May 1 for Peace, Statute
Kathmandu, April 8: Maoist Chairman Pushpa Kamal Dahal (Prachanda) has set a deadline of May 1 for the rival political parties to strike an agreement on the peace process and constitution drafting, and warned that the people should rise up in insurrection if the parties failed to do so.
“If the conspiracy to disrupt the peace process and constitution drafting prevails even after May Day, the 30 million people of Nepal should rise up,” said Dahal at a rally organized in Kathmandu to mark the 21st anniversary of the People’s Movement.
Dahal’s views come at a time when the party has officially endorsed the political line of ‘people’s revolt’ to achieve revolutionary goals and a ‘people’s constitution’.
He reiterated that those opposed to socio-political change in the country are hatching a conspiracy to derail the peace process and argued that the series of explosions in the southern plain are part of that conspiracy. “There are also plans to set off a series of explosives in Kathmandu. There is a smell of the south behind these incidents,” he said, indirectly blaming India for masterminding the explosions to create political instability in the country.
He argued that ‘conspirators’ have not only been masterminding explosions, but are also trying to bring a new person onto the throne and revive the monarchy.
The former rebel leader praised the Nepal Army (NA) for being ‘positive’ towards integration and rehabilitation of Maoist combatants. “The army has become positive about the peace process, something the conspirators don’t like,” he said.
The Maoist Chairman argued that the Nepali peace process should be based on a unique model appropriate to the country.
“What we have pushed for is a forward-looking state-restructuring, ending discrimination based on gender, ethnicity and class.”
He said that his party is sincere about constitution drafting and that was the reason he agreed to hold the position of coordinator of the subcommittee under the CA/Constitutional Committee (CC).
He said the contentious issues have been substantially reduced, but expressed concern that major issues including state restructuring are yet to be settled.