Nepal: Maoists to increase violence not peace

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Kathmandu, Sep 8: The Nepali Congress (NC) has said that the Maoists are determined to increase the influence of violence and armed combatants in statecraft instead of promoting peace, friendship and reconciliation.

During a press conference held at the end of the party's Central Working Committee meeting Sunday, Nepali Congress members said this would adversely impact their professionalism and impartiality. They also urged the Maoists not to politicize the bureaucracy, judiciary and security forces. They have accused the Maoists of continuing their coercive measures even after formation of the new government under their leadership.

Unveiling the nine-point decision of the CWC meeting, Nepali Congress Spokesperson Arjun Narsingh KC said, "Because of the totalitarian attitude of Maoists, Congress decided to play a strong opposition role in the Legislature-Parliament rather than collaborate with Maoists in the government.

He also urged the two major coalition partners in the Maoist-led government including the CPN-UML and the Madhesi People's Rights Forum (MPRF) to play a proactive role inside the government and democratize the Maoists.

The CWC meeting, however, concluded that CPN-UML and MPRF had failed to judge the possible situation and could not show maturity while deciding to join the Maoist-led government.

The party has also decided to form two panels comprising experts to draft the party's views on federalism, restructuring of the state and writing a new constitution, Kantipur reported.


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