NC asks Maoists to dismantle armed youth wing

Nepali Congress asks main opposition Maoists to stop its violent activities.

Kathmandu: Nepali Congress has asked the main opposition Maoists to stop its violent activities and dismantle its armed youth wing to create an environment of trust to carry forward the peace process in the country.

Nepali Congress, which kick-started its five-day convention here to elect a successor to late party president GP Koirala on Friday, also asked the former rebels to return property seized during the insurgency to its rightful owners.

Presenting a report, NC General-Secretary Bimalendra Nidhi asked the Maoists to expedite the process of integration and rehabilitation of the former Maoist guerrillas by fixing maximum limit on the number of combatants to be integrated into the security forces.

Nidhi asked Maoists to dismantle the armed structure of its youth wing, Young Communist League.

The Maoist leaders should be provided only government security and by ending the double security arrangements made to them, Nidhi pointed out.

The arms confined in the cantonments under the UN`s observation should be handed over to the government, said the NC report.

The Maoist combatants should be immediately brought under the control of the Special Committee formed by the government, it said, adding the former rebels should update the information about the current status of the former guerrilla force confined in the UN-monitored cantonments.

Blaming the Maoists for not being sincere about drafting a democratic constitution and to establish lasting peace in the country, the report asked them to implement the past agreements and understandings relating to the peace process.

The report also expressed concern that the Maoists have been pursuing the culture of buy and sell of lawmakers and using the language of threat as a means of politics.

NC acting president, Sushil Koirala, and former prime minister Sher Bahadur Deuba are the main contenders for the post of president which fell vacant following 85-year-old GP Koirala`s death on March 20.

The Nepali Congress convention comes amid a political deadlock in the country that is threatening the fragile peace process.

Political parties have failed to elect a new prime minister in seven rounds of voting following the resignation of Prime Minister Madhav Kumar Nepal on June 30.