Kathmandu, June 15
UCPN-Maoist Chairman Puspha Kamal Dahal ‘Prachanda’ has stressed consensus among political parties to give outlet to the political crisis created after the dissolution of the Constituent Assembly.
He urged all party leaders and cadres not to be guided by impulse and realize that we can go nowhere without forging consensus.
"This is a time to go ahead with wisdom and rational thinking, not for impulsive action. This is time to proceed with patience and restraint," Prachanda said.
I have urged Nepali Congress president Sushil Koirala, chairman of CPN-UML Jhala Nath Khanal and UML leader Madav Kumar Nepal to come forward for consensus because nothing can be achieved without agreement, Prachanda said.
Addressing a mass meeting organized by the Maoist party at the Open Air Theatre on Friday, Chairman Prachanda said that there is no alternative to Constituent Assembly to write a new constitution. We cannot think beyond the CA because only the popularly elected CA can guarantee the rights of Dalit, Janajati, Madeshi, Women, minorities and oppressed, he said.
Prachanda said that there is an element that finds fault with whatever I say and do. They distort what I say and use the media for false propaganda. "I don’t how the media will report when I am speaking right now," he added.
Emphasising the importance of party unity, Chairman Prachanda said that the large mass at this meeting shows that they are in favour of unity, not division. When we are united, we can meet the aspirations of our people, he added.
I can see how grand the meeting would have been if it was if comrade Kiran and comrade Badal had attended it, Prachanda said about the leaders of the dissenting faction who wee absent.
Prachanda said that he has shown utmost flexibility for the sake of party unity. We have even started the discussion on reviewing the party leadership, he said and urged the dissenting faction to come up with a unity proposal.
Party Vice-chairman and Prime Minister Dr Baburam Bhattarai said that all parties should come for consensus forgetting all past shortcomings and go for a fresh election of the CA.
Parties are trying to repeat the royal moves of the past by propping the President. But I am confident the President will take heed of his constitutional boundaries, he said.
He appealed NC and UML also not to violate constitutional path because that will not lead to solution. Such a move will only invite counter move and the situation will backfire.
At a time when we are under political transition, political parties should not create hurdles in the nation’s economic progress. All the development projects should go ahead smoothly, he said.
We may be obliged to make laws on organized crime and extradition treaty through ordinance, Dr Bhattarai said. He urged opposition political parties to cooperate with the government.
Referring to the party unity, Dr Bhattarai said that the Maoist party cannot split as it was built by the blood and tears of thousands of people.
"Debates may be resolved in a negotiated manner and the party unity should be given top priority. The party leadership is ready to review its earlier decisions to make unity a reality," he said.
He reiterated that he is ready to tender his resignation from the post of Prime Minister for the sake of party unity.
Secretary of National Indigenous Federation Nepal Aang Kaji Sherpa blamed that the government and major political parties are against the rights of Janajati and indigenous people.
He blamed the NC and UML that they had created hurdles not to let the 14 federal states proposal be endorsed from the CA.
"The CA was dissolved after the oppressed groups formed an alliance to pass the proposal of federalism based on identity in CA," he said.
Sherpa claimed that the Maoist unity can only guarantee the new constitution based on identity and appealed to the dissenting faction to come forward for party unity.
He warned that monarchist people will go into prison if they tried to revive monarchy in the country.
He termed May 27 as a black day in the history of Nepali politics and added that the politics was focused power sharing in the last phase of the CA.
Maoist vice-chairman Narayankaji Shrestha, politburo member Hisila Yami, Dalit leader Padmalal Biswakarma, Madeshi leader Tula Narayan Shah and Newa leader Malla K Sundar said that it is not possible to backtrack from federalism when writing the new constitution.