Nepali Congress forms special force to counter Maoists` YCL

Last Updated: Saturday, June 12, 2010 - 21:16

Kathmandu: Amid the failure of Nepal`s
main Opposition Maoists to disband the paramilitary structure
of its youth wing YCL, the two largest parties in the ruling
alliance have set up their own special forces to counter the
former rebels.

Nepali Congress, the second larges party in
Parliament, has formed a five hundred-strong `Tarun Dasta`
youth force to counter the Maoists Young Communist League
(YCL), the notorious youth wing of the former rebels accused
of violence and intimidation against its opponents.

The Nepali Congress youth force, with special black
coloured dress, today launched a special motorbike campaign
from the capital to the neighbouring district of
Sindhupalchowk.

Former Prime Minister Sher Bahadur Deuba, former Home
Minister Khum Bahadur Khadka and central committee members of
the Nepali Congress were present during the launch of the
campaign.

However, the party`s acting president Shushil Koirala
and vice President Ramchandra Poudyal have opposed the idea of
a counterforce to take on the Maoists` young brigade.

Communist Party of Nepal (United Marxist Leninist),
the party of Prime Minister Madhav Kumar Nepal which heads the
ruling 22-party alliance, already has its youth force to
counter the Maoists militant brigade.

The two major parties in the Terai plains bordering
India have their own youth wings, who have been involved in
violence and disruptions.

The emergence of new militant groups as fraternal
organisations of the political parties will only instigate
violence and put the peace process in dilemma, say political
observers.

The Maoists, who claim to have one lakh YCL members
spread across the country, have been asked by the political
parties to dissolve the paramilitary structure of the YCL in a
bid to push forward the stalled peace process.

Leaders of the Nepali Congress and the CPN-UML have
failed to find a consensus to end the political standoff with
the Maoist party over the implementation of the May 28 deal
that opened the way to extend the term of the Parliament.

Even as the embattled Prime Minister has agreed to
step down as part of an eleventh-hour deal, the ruling
alliance has refused to give a time frame for his resignation.

The Nepali Congress and CPN-UML, the two largest
parties in the ruling coalition, have asked the Prime Minister
not to resign unless the Maoists agree to a six-point agenda,
including the integration of the former PLA combatants and the
dissolution of the YCL.

PTI



First Published: Saturday, June 12, 2010 - 21:16

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