KATHMANDU, Jan 27: Gearing up for show of strength in the ongoing anti-government protests, CPN-UML has instructed the party´s rank and file to prepare for massive protests in Kathmandu on Tuesday and February 9.
Addressing a gathering of UML cadres in the party headquarters in Balkhu on Sunday, top leaders explained that agitation against the present government had become necessary “to stop the Maoists from imposing a totalitarian rule”.
Dismissing claims that the opposition alliance´s agitation is aimed at removing Baburam Bhattarai from the prime ministerial position, top UML leaders claimed that the anti-government agitation is aimed at thwarting the ruling UCPN (Maoist)´s plan to impose totalitarian rule by creating constitutional as well as political crisis.
The party´s top leaders, including former Prime Minister Madhav Kumar Nepal, KP Sharma Oli, Bamdev Gautam and Shankar Pokharel claimed that they had no option other than intensifying protests as the ruling UCPN (Maoist) has “always betrayed other parties in the name of settling issues through dialogues”.
Nepal said the opposition parties tried their best to settle the issues through dialogues and cooperation but “the Maoists were never sincere and honest”.
“Now we either have to surrender to the Maoists and remain a mute spectator or face them boldly,” said Nepal.
Oli argued that it was high time to fight against the Maoists to institutionalize achievements of the people´s movement 2006. “Maoists are clearly against democratic institutions in the country. They did not want a new constitution because they wanted to create constitutional and political void to create grounds for totalitarian rule,” said Oli. “Baburam Bhattarai has turned all crucial constitutional bodies dysfunctional because he wants to impose arbitrary rule.”
Vice-Chairman Gautam called one and all to join the opposition alliance´s agitation to “stop the country from falling into the hands of Maoists, who want to impose totalitarian rule”.
Pokharel said the party is mobilizing five fronts of the party for the movement. According to him, central committee members, central departments, valley coordination committee, the party´s liaison coordination committees and professional and social organizations affiliated to the party would come together to protest against the current government.