Nepal Maoist rules out scrapping wartime land deal
Last Updated: Sunday, January 29, 2012, 18:42
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.


First Published: Sunday, January 29, 2012, 18:42

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