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.


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

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