First formal complaint on Maoists lodged by NC

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Kathmandu, Mar 29: The Nepali Congress (NC) has lodged the first ever formal complaint at the Election Commission (EC) against the CPN (Maoist) for violation of the election code of conduct.

The NC yesterday urged the EC to take urgent action for effective enforcement of the code so that the Constituent Assembly polls are held in an atmosphere that is free, fair and not marked by fear. Expressing serious concern over the ongoing violent ''anti-poll'' activities unleashed by Maoists cadres across the country, the NC said the Maoist party was intensifying violent attacks targeting other political party leaders, cadres and supporters just days before the April 10 polls.

''As a result, the law and order situation has become critical,'' it said, adding, ''The Maoist party is actively involved in both general and gross violation of the code.'' The NC also compiled a list of what it said were 31 violent incidents, involving the Maoists, that occurred in different parts of the country between February 5 and March 27.

It accused the CPN (Maoist) of attempting to shoot NC candidates dead, indulging in beatings, intimidation, extortion from local party leaders and supporters, restricting political activity and seizing cash and election-related material.

The NC also urged the EC to take prompt action to control the ongoing misuse of state-owned media by the Maoists.


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