Kathmandu: A senior leader of the Nepali Congress has warned the Maoists to shun the politics of violence, threatening that his party would be forced to take up arms in retaliation if do not mend their ways.
NC central committee member Khum Bahadur Khadka said the Unified CPN (Maoist), which has not yet dissolved its military and paramilitary organisation, would be wiped out if his party was forced to pick arms and retaliate with equal force.
"I have the feeling that Maoists will once again re-grab their weapons... in the likelihood the Nepali Congress will also retaliate with weapons," the former home minister said.
"It would signal the end of Maoists` Party in Nepal," he told reporters at Reporters Club here yesterday.
He also said that he was forwarding a proposal to the NC high command to constitute Tarun Dasta, a paramilitary force, to counter the violent activities of the Maosist Young
Communist League (YCL).
Khadka asked the Maoists to show seriousness to the 12-point political understanding, particularly on the issue of integration of the People`s Army and return of the seized lands to their owners.
Khadka said the new Constitution cannot be promulgated without the support of the Maoists, and asked the party to join the government and lend support in constitution drafting. Meanwhile, Maoist chief Prachanda warned that if national consensus was not forged, and constitution building and peace process not concluded, people`s rebellion is unavoidable.
Speaking at a training programme organised for the Maoist cadres in Kathmandu, Prachanda vowed to draft the pro-public Constitution within the stipulated date and said all political parties should move ahead with consensus for this to happen.
He also claimed that a counter-revolutionary conspiracy was being hatched to disarm the Maoists with the Army integration plan before the constitution was drafted.
"All should work in unison to foil such counter-revolutionary attempt," he said.
He said the Maoists would not accept the condition of other parties to integrate the Maoist cadres into the Army before the drafting of the Constitution.
He said the Maoists were of the stand that Constitution-drafting and Army integration should be done side by side.