KATHMANDU, March 12: Senior leader of UCPN (Maoist) Baburam Bhattarai has warned Chairman Pushpa Kamal Dahal that he would form a separate force if party leadership ignores his demand for organizational reform in the party.
During a meeting with Dahal at the latter´s residence in Lazimpat, Bhattarai said cosmetic measures alone would not bring about reforms in the party. UCPN (Maoist) has called a meeting of the party office bearers to discuss Bhattarai´s proposal. “A meeting of party office bearers has been called for Thursday to discuss current political issues and Bhattarai´s proposal,” Dahal´s personal secretary Chudamani Khadka told Republica.
GORKHA, March 12: At a time when opposition parties, including UCPN (Maoist), have been ruling out holding of local elections in near future, Prime Minister Shusil Koirala has said that the elections are the top priority of his government.
Inaugurating the seventh District Council of Gorkha on Wednesday, PM Koirala said that the state has been suffering in various sectors due to the absence of people´s representative at local bodies.
DHANGADHI, March 12: The Rastriya Prajatantra Party - Nepal (RPP-N) Chairman Kamal Thapa on Wednesday said that India´s policy toward Nepal would undergo some changes if Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) comes to power in the coming general election in India.
“Narendra Modi wants Nepal to be a Hindu state," said Thapa speaking at a press conference in Dhangadhi on Wednesday. "The Indian bureaucrats are dominating India´s policy on Nepal at present but that would not happen if BJP comes to power," he claimed.
KATHMANDU, March 11.: The agitating CPN-Maoist is mulling fresh protests but has yet to finalize the agenda for the protests.
The party has decided to stage peaceful protest from next month against the Constituent Assembly (CA), the government and major political parties. “We would unveil our new programs of protest within a few days but we will not take to the streets," said the party secretary Dev Gurung.
KATHMANDU, March 11: Second rung Madhesi leaders, who enthusiastically recommended models for unification of three Madhes-based parties -- Tarai Madhes Democratic Party (TMDP), Madhesi People´s Right Forum- Nepal (MPRF-N) and Sadbhavana Party (SP) -- almost one and half months ago, are miffed at the inordinate delay in finalization of the unification process.
The taskforce formed to suggest unification model had submitted its report to the chairs of the parties on January 24 but the top leaders have yet to formally discuss the models. "The delay has added to the confusion and dilemma of party cadres but we are still hopeful of unification," said Jitendra Sonal, joint general secretary of TMDP.