Nepal Maoist rules out scrapping wartime land deal

Opposition parties have asked the govt to revoke the decision to provide legitimacy to property deals during civil war.

Kathmandu: A top Maoist leader in Nepal on Sunday
ruled out scrapping the government`s controversial decision to
legalise land transactions sanctioned by the former rebels`
parallel administration during the decade-long civil war.

"Legalising the war-era land transaction was the only
good decision made by the Baburam Bhattarai-led government.
It was the decision of the Maoist party and we can`t roll it
back," said CP Gajurel, the Secretary of the Unified CPN
(Maoist), which leads the coalition in Nepal.

Earlier this month, the Cabinet decided to distribute
land ownership certificates for plots purchased, sold and
transferred by the "Revolutionary Council", the former rebels`
parallel administration during the decade-long insurgency that
ended in 2006.

Opposition parties, including the second largest
Nepali Congress party and the largest communist party, Nepal
Communist Party-UML, have asked the government to revoke the
decision to provide legitimacy to the properties purchased,
sold, and distributed by the former rebels.

Speaking at a programme in the capital, Gajurel said "the
government will be worthless if it scraps the only good
decision that it has made so far".

He was confident that the Madhesi-based political parties,
who are key to the survival of government, would continue
their support even if the decision was not scrapped.

Nepali Congress leader Arjun Narsingh KC, while speaking
at the programme with Gajurel, underlined that the government
would be toppled if it does not scrap the decision.

"We would not only obstruct the House session but
overthrow the government," said Narsingh.

The Nepali Congress has vowed to launch an agitation if
the government did not revoke its controversial decision that
has sparked an outrage in the country.


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