CPN-M brings 'roadmap' for ending political crisis
THIRA L BHUSAL
KATHMANDU, June 25: A politburo meeting of Mohan Baidya´s newly-formed CPN-Maoist on Sunday came up with a "political roadmap" for ending the ongoing constitutional as well as political crises emerged after the demise of the Constituent Assembly (CA) on May 27.
The new party has decided that a roundtable assembly represented by all political parties, civil society and major social groups should be mandated to find amicable solution for ending the present political imbroglio, formation of a new government and constitution-making process in consensus.
The party will table the proposal for endorsement at the party´s central committee (CC) meeting scheduled to start Monday.
"The roundtable can form a unity government through consensus," said Khadga Bahadur Bishwakarma, politburo member of CPN-Maoist, the breakaway faction of the UCPN (Maoist). "We can form a new coalition with an absolute majority of such an assembly even if the ruling parties in present government reject such proposal."
The proposal prepared by the politburo says the same assembly can lay ground for constitution writing as well.
According to Bishwakarma, his party is for resuming the constitution writing task right from the point where talks among the political parties had broken down.
"The CA has done a lot of work during in the last four years. We can build on those achievements and search for common ground on the disputed issues," he said explaining the roadmap. "Then, we can form a commission for drafting the constitution."
They are for mandating the roundtable to work as interim people´s representative body as stopgap arrangement.
To join hands with NC, UML against govt
The new party´s politburo also decided to launch a nationwide mass mobilization against the government. Bishwakarma said their protests will mainly expose the government´s recent "anti-people and anti-national activities" and the role of Pushpa Kamal Dahal and Prime Minister Baburam Bhattarai in dissolving the CA.
Bishwakarma also said they could also join the anti-government protests launched by NC, UML and other parties.
Advise president for roundtable assembly
Meanwhile, the top leaders from CPN-Maoist made a courtesy call on President Ram Baran Yadav at Shital Niwas Sunday for the first time after the formation of the party last week.
Those meeting the president were Chairman Baidya, General Secretary Ram Bahadur Thapa, Secretary CP Gajurel and standing committee members Netra Bikram Chand and Dev Gurung.
Gajurel said they informed the president about the proposed roundable because "neither a fresh CA election nor the reinstatement of the CA would resolve the present crisis".
They told the president that he should seek consent also from new political parties and agitating social groups before taking any step. "Because the syndicate of the four parties is no longer relevant in the changed political context," Gurung told Republica.
He is of the view that new power equations must be recognized as various forces such as ethnic and indigenous communities, Brahmin-Chhetri, Madhesi, Tharu and other groups have come up strongly.
"The president expressed his concerns over the parties´ failure to forge consensus to end the current crises," said Gurung. "But he is not for taking any move overstepping his constitutional powers."