KATHMANDU, Jan 20: The main opposition Nepali Congress (NC) has decided to intensify protests against the Baburam Bhattarai-led government.
An emergency meeting of the party´s Central Working Committee (CWC) held to endorse statutes of various sister organizations on Sunday also decided to depute central level leaders to districts across the country to make the protests successful. The names of the leaders to be deputed to the districts will be finalized in consultation with the leaders concerned, said CWC member Man Bahadur Bishwakarma.
The NC decision comes in the wake of various opposition parties launching a 20-day anti-government protest in the first phase to oust the Bhattarai-led government. The meeting concluded that anti-government protests in coordination with other opposition parties was a must as Prime Minister Bhattarai was neither in favor of consensus, nor prepared for fresh polls.
Addressing the meeting, NC President Sushil Koirala had directed party leaders to play an active role in the protest programs, saying UCPN (Maoist) wants to impose totalitarianism in the country. He said that party will however keep doors for negotiations open.
Speaking at the meeting, NC Vice President Ram Chandra Paudel said all efforts to forge consensus had proved futile as the Maoists were not in favor of consensus apparently to defer fresh polls. “Fresh protest is a must as democracy is in peril,” CWC member Dil Bahadur Gharti quoted Paudel as saying at the meeting.
Only about 50 percent of the total members of CWC were present in the Sunday´s meeting originally called for endorsing the statutes of the party´s various sister organizations, including Nepal Tarun Dal, Nepal Women´s Association and Aadibasi Janajati Mahasangh to facilitate their general conventions. Earlier, CWC meeting had entrusted general secretaries Krishna Sitaula and Prakash Man Singh with making necessary amendments to the statutes by incorporating suggestions received from CWC members.
Altogether 15 CWC members including Bal Bahadur KC, Bal Krishna Khand, Dr Minendra Rijal, N P Saud, Dr Shekhar Koirala, Aananda Prasad Dhungana, Surya Man Gurung, Ram Kumar Chaudhari, Kamala Pant, Mahendra Yadav, Pushpa Bhusal, Surendra Raj Pandey, Kishor Singh Rathour and Meena Subba had addressed the meeting.
According to CWC member Man Bahadur Bishwakarma, the meeting also endorsed a report concerning indigenous nationalities prepared by a panel headed by late CWC member Bhim Bahadur Tamang. The panel was formed in the wake indigenous nationalities demanding single-identity-based federal state and allegations that NC did not have clear policy concerning issues related to indigenous nationalities.