KATHMANDU, Nov 8: At the time when the major political parties, including UCPN (Maoist), Nepali Congress and CPN-UML, have decided to go for fresh election to the Constituent Assembly (CA), the newly formed CPN-Maoist has opposed their decision saying the CA elected through fresh polls cannot guarantee a pro-people constitution.
The party has maintained that fresh CA poll would only mitigate the crisis currently facing the “reactionary forces”. The central working committee (CWC) meeting of the party, which is concluded on Monday, concluded that fresh CA election is not in the party´s immediate agenda. Instead, the party, sticking to its political line of people´s revolt, wants an immediate roundtable assembly of the political forces and other stakeholders to find a way out of the current crisis.
“Reactionary forces have been trying to find a solution through the new CA. But this is not possible. We will not participate in the polls in the current state of affairs," a CWC member quoted Chairman Mohan Baidya as saying at the conclusion of the CWC meeting on Monday.
Though the party has refrained from taking a formal decision as the election is still uncertain, it has already decided to move ahead by launching a struggle. "The party would take ahead programs of struggle by forming broad fronts. This would be the only solution to the crisis currently facing the country," Om Prakash Pun, a CWC member of the party, told Republica.
Likewise, another CWC member Sarala Regmi ruled out the possibility of the party participating in the polls. “The CA polls are still uncertain. So we did not take a formal decision, but I urge all the patriotic and pro federalist to boycott the polls and root for a new democratic system that would safeguard national sovereignty and guarantee pro people constitution," Regmi, told Republica.
The CPN-Maoist CWC meeting also concluded that a constitution that would be in the interests of the people cannot be promulgated at a time when there is maximum foreign interference in the country.
"There has never been such a high level of foreign interference in the country in our history. We should take steps to rescue the country out of this situation and create environment conducive to promulgating a pro people constitution," Khadga Bahadur Bishwakarma, a politburo member of the party, told Republica. He also said that the major parties have failed to find a solution to the current crisis and that they have decided to go for fresh CA election only as a face-saving measure.
“The country has gone in the hands of compradors. Only we can free the country from them after forming a government led by our party and other patriotic and leftist forces," added Bishwakarma. The party has also named general secretary Ram Bahadur Thapa as its prime ministerial candidate.
Similarly, another CWC member Sabitiri Kumar Kafle echoing Bishwakarma said that national sovereignty is currently in crisis and also labeled NC, UML and UCPN (Maoist) leaders as "compradors of foreigners".