Nepal: ‘Catastrophe if no Constitution by May 27’

Last Updated: Saturday, March 17, 2012 - 18:23

Kathmandu: Nepal will plunge into a catastrophe if the Constitution is not drafted by the May 27
deadline, former prime minister and senior leader of CPN-UML
Madhav Kumar Nepal has warned.

During a press meet at Sindhupalchowk district in the
east of Kathmandu yesterday, Nepal asked the the ruling
UCPN-Maoist to expedite the process of integrating former
Maoist rebels into the Army for early conclusion of the peace
process, saying that the Constitution cannot be drafted
without completing the peace process.

"The country will plunge into a bigger catastrophe if
the Constitution could not be drafted by the stipulated time
frame," he warned.

The task of drafting the new Constitution could be
accomplished within the extended deadline of May 27 if the
Maoists show sincerity in concluding the peace process, he
pointed out.

But, he said that the Maoist combatants should not be
represented in the Nepal Army as demanded by them.

The Government and the opposition parties have
agreed to integrate 6,500 Maoist combatants in the national
army.

The Maoists have demanded that its combatants should
be represented in the proposed directorate by giving them high
rank in the Army.

He stressed that the Army integration will be carried
out on the basis of the Seven-Point Agreement reached among
the major political parties last year.

The Maoist combatants will be recruited in the army
by strictly following the standard norms of Nepal Army, he
said.

"The Maoists should not make the entire country hostage
by prolonging the Army integration process through internal
squabble surfaced within the Maoist party," he added.

Nepal`s remarks come at a time when the internal
rift has intensified within the ruling UCPN-Maoist.

Meanwhile, senior hardliner leader CP Gajurel, who is
close to top hardliner leader Mohan Vaidya, today warned to
launch agitation against the Maoist leadership and the
Maoist-led government.

Gajurel said that it has become necessary to launch
agitation against his own party leadership and the government,
to safeguard national independence accusing the government is
working against the will of the people.

We opted for the struggle as the party leadership
and the government both have failed to implement the party’s
decisions.

He also disclosed that the faction is working out
strategy to join hands with the opposition Nepali Congress
and CPN-UML to move a no trust motion against its own
government.

Gajurel also demanded scrapping of the BIPPA
(Bilatral Investment promotion and Protection Agreement) Nepal
has recently signed with India to promote bilateral trade.

PTI



First Published: Saturday, March 17, 2012 - 18:03

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