of the Maoist?s PLA Chandra Dev Khanal aka Baldev said
that they would continue their struggle until they were integrated
into the national Army. Our weapons will remain with us till the
formation of a national army by merging the PLA and Nepal Army
(NA), Khanal said.
CPN-Maoist called for Kailali District closure protesting against
the Nepal Army patrolling at Dudejhari. Five persons including
a junior Police officer were killed in Kailali violence on December
4, 2009 after the Police used force to evict the Maoists-backed
illegal landless squatters who had transgressed the Dudejhari
Committee under the Constituent Assembly, scheduled to complete
its first preliminary draft of the constitution, failed to do
so after leaders, including those from big three parties, declined
to sign the draft.
CPN Maoist decided neither to support the seventh amendment bill
of the interim constitution tabled by the Government nor file
an amendment proposal on it.
Madhav Kumar Nepal warned that the state will not remain a mute-spectator
if the Unified CPN Maoist tries to capture the State power.
CPN-Maoist said the
party is ready to reconsider about the autonomous states being
based on ethnicity, sex, region and geography.
Morcha (RJM) gave a call for bandh in Seti and Mahakali zones
as part of its agitation against federalism.
CPN-M decided to focus the fourth phase of their nationwide agitation
"to protect national sovereignty and integrity" upon reaching
the conclusion that it is in "serious danger" and endorsed the
political report tabled by party ?chairman? Pushpa Kamal Dahal
at central committee (CC) meeting of the party that concluded
in the party headquarters at Paris Danda in Koteshwor.
Congress (NC) party accused the Unified CPN-M of inviting conflict
and hindering the peace process and constitution writing schedule.
The Army Integration
Special Committee started deliberation on the proposal tabled
by Prime Minister Madhav Kumar Nepal, aimed at finishing all works
related to the Maoist combatants, including their integration,
by April 30, 2010.
assailants shot dead two cadres of the Unified CPN-Maoist and
a local resident at Ganjabhawanipur in the Bara District. The
attackers were cadres of the Terai Mukti Morcha (TMM).
on December 4 had announced the second Madhes movement, again
decided to start protest programmes from mid January. However,
the party was yet to unveil the details of the protest programmes
likely to begin from January 16.
Morcha (RJM) called for a general shutdown in five Districts of
Narayani zone as part of its agitation against federalism.
At least eight
persons were injured in a clash between the cadres of the YCL
and Youth Force, the youth wing of the CPN-UML, at Madirambeni
VDC. Six activists of the Youth Force and two cadres of YCL were
injured in the clash. The clash ensued after the YCL started to
seize maize of a local resident Ramalaya Guthi.
The first batch
of 201 former child soldiers of the People?s Liberation Army (PLA)
-155 minors and 46 who were recruited after the cut-off date-
left the second division main cantonment site at Dudhauli. The
Dhudhauli camp was home to 372 disqualified combatants who failed
the verification process carried out by the UNMIN in December
CPN-Maoist agreed in principle to integrate PLA combatants with
Nepal Army within 112 days as per the action plan proposed by
Prime Minister (PM) Madhav Kumar Nepal.
PM Nepal while
addressing his party (CPN-UML) cadres in Bharatpur said that the
Maoists will be reduced to ashes as the Liberation Tigers of Tamil
Eelam (LTTE) of Sri Lanka if they again resort to another revolt.
The big three
parties - Unified CPN-Maoist, CPN-UML and Nepali Congress (NC)
- announced the formation of High Level Political Mechanism (HLPM)
to end the political deadlock.
agreeing to join a high-level political mechanism, which is widely
seen as a breakthrough in the efforts to find an outlet to the
protracted political impasse, Unified CPN-Maoist chairman Prachanda
warned that his party would launch 'people's revolt' if the country
does not get a new constitution on time and the peace process
by Matrika Yadav claimed that the disqualified combatants who
were discharged from the UN-monitored cantonments have joined
the party. The breakaway faction of the Unified CPN-Maoist made
such claims amid a function in Dhankuta District, a day after
the discharge of disqualified Maoist combatants began.
Assistant Chief District Officer (CDO) Balbahadur Malla was injured
and his bodyguard Anandaraj Khadka was shot dead in gunfire attack
in the District headquarters Birgunj. Janatantrik Terai Mukti
Morcha (JTMM) cadre Sanjeev took the responsibility of the killing
by making telephone calls to the local Media.
The Unified CPN-Maoist is due
to hold mass assembly at some three border encroached regions
as part of its fourth phase of agitation. Senior leaders of the
party have already reached the Nepal-India border regions to address
A Unified CPN-Maoist
leader was shot dead in Bara District. The slain leader
was identified as Rajesh Mandal (30), who was in charge of the
Maoists' Bhojpura Rajya Samiti at Parsa area no. 2. A caller,
who identified himself as a member of an underground armed outfit
Terai Army, claimed responsibility for the killing.
At least six persons
were injured when activists of the CPN-UML clashed with the Nepali
Congress (NC) activists at Bariyapur in Rautahat District. All
the injured are said to be CPN-UML activists. The activists of
the two ruling allies confronted over the election of school management
Rastriya Jana Morcha (RJM) party
called for a bandh (general shutdown) in Mechi and Koshi
zones as part of its agitation against federalism. The bandh
left only a partial impact in the eastern region.
Normal life in
Rupandehi, Kapilvastu and Nawalparasi Districts is affected due
to the Madhesh banda (general shutdown) called by the Unified
CPN-Maoist protesting against the killing of its cadre in Bara
on January 12.
The UN Secretary
General Ban Ki-moon tabled the latest quarterly report on Nepal's
peace process at the UNSC. The UN stated that Nepal's peace process
has remained largely stalled over the past three months, with
tensions and mistrusts between the Unified CPN-Maoist, the Government
and the Army threatening its very survival.
Chairman Prachanda agreed to induct Prime Minister (PM) Madhav
Kumar Nepal as an ?invitee member? of the newly formed High Level
Political Mechanism (HLPM) and include other party leaders as
well. Prachanda who was earlier against including PM Nepal in
Normal life in the Terai region
was back to normalcy after the Unified CPN-Maoist called off their
banda (general shutdown) in view of the Makar Sankranti
(a Hindu festive day) in the afternoon.
The Nepal Army (NA) refuted the
Unified CPN-Maoist?s claim that NA brought a large quantity of
arms and ammunition from India through the Sunauli border in the
night of January 14.
Maoist cadres showed black flags
at President Dr Ram Baran Yadav in Panauti of Kavre District,
when he arrived there to inaugurate a ceremony marking the Makar
Mela (a Hindu festival).
(NA) concluded that the Unified CPN-Maoist has not renounced its
military character and that its youth wing, the YCL is more dangerous
to the ongoing peace process than the combatants staying in cantonments.
The third division
cantonment of the UCPN-Maoist at Shaktikhor in Chitwan District,
bid adieu to 222 out of 258 disqualified combatants at a function.
The remaining 36 fighters would be released on January 27 once
their pre-SLC exams are over.
a two-day seminar of peace committees Minister for Peace and Reconstruction
Rakam Chemjong said the Government would hold talks with only
those outfits that have political objectives.
amended all provisions related to monarchy in some 108 different
Acts and annulled some of them.
At least three activists of Tarun
Dal, youth wing of Nepali Congress (NC) party, were injured after
being attacked by YCL cadres in the Rasuwa District.
The Special Committee on the Supervision,
Integration and Rehabilitation of Maoist Combatants agreed on
the procedures for supervision, control and mobilisation and the
code of conduct that would free former Maoist combatants from
the Maoist party?s chain of command and bring them under Government
The Unified CPN-Maoist requested
the visiting US Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary of State
for South and Central Asian Affairs Patrick Moon to remove the
party from the 'terrorist list'.
While speaking at a programme
in Khalanga in Salyan District, Maoist Chairman Prachanda warned
that the party will resort to war if the incumbent Government
tries to derail the peace process.
The Government clarified that
Defence Minister Bidhya Bhandari's remark on the issue of army
integration was entirely her own and not an official position
of the Government.
Maoist cadres captured approximately
29 hectares (579 ropanies) of private land in Mahadevsthan
VDC in Kavre District.
The Maoist-affiliated All Nepal
Farmers Association activists captured 21 hectares (32 bighas)
of private land in Hathausa in Kapilvastu District.
Maoist activists also captured
13 hectares of private land at the Dainiya VDC in Morang District.
The Constituent Assembly (CA)
Committee on State Restructuring and Distribution of State Powers
chose the 14-state model out of two alternative models proposed
by a sub-committee.
The UNSC voted to extend the UNMIN
term by nearly four months. The Government had urged the
UN to extend the UNMIN term until the Army integration process
Around 622 disqualified Maoist
combatants were discharged from the fourth division cantonment
at Jhyaltungdanda in Nawalparasi.
The Unified CPN-Maoist called
off its indefinite general strike for 'civilian supremacy', which
was scheduled to start from January 24. The party took the decision
citing positive discussion during the meeting of the HLPM towards
resolving the political impasse.
Samyukta Madhesi Loktantrik Morcha,
a conglomerate of four Madhes based parties, MJF, MJF-Loktantrik,
TMLP and Sadbhawana Party, took an exception to the report prepared
and submitted by CA Committee on State Restructuring and Distribution
of State Powers saying the report will disintegrate Madhes if
Prime Minister (PM) Madhav Kumar
Nepal said that Maoist combatants who want to be integrated in
the Nepal Army (NA) should give up their affiliation with the
Unified CPN-M and vow that they will not politicise the Army.
Cadres of the Terai Janatantrik
Party (Madhes) abducted Sitapur VDC secretary Indra Bahadur Shrestha
and subsequently killed him at Manpur in Banke District.
Businesspersons and political
leaders of Surkhet District condemned the threat given by Unified
CPN-Maoist to stop work at Upper Karnali.
Maoist chairman Prachanda met
Nepali Congress president and coordinator of the high-level political
mechanism (HLPM) Girija Prasad Koirala and reportedly stressed
that the Maoist demands regarding 'civilian supremacy' and 'national
independence' should be discussed at the HLPM and arrive at a
conclusion on them at the earliest.
Around 15-16 cadres of the ANNISU-R,
the student wing of the Unified CPN-Maoist, attacked Nepali Congress
affiliated Nepal Student Union (NSU) District member Rajkumar
Dangi at Narayani Salyani conference hall near Mahendra Multiple
Campus in Dang.
The MJF and Tharuhat Struggle
Committee came together for a joint agitation against what they
call the disintegration of Madhesh into two States. Earlier, the
two ethnic groups were against each other.
Two PLA first
division section commanders, Raju Magar alias Sambeg and
Suman Luitel alias Bikash, were arrested along with weapons
and explosive materials from Itahari in Sunsari District while
they were trying to collect ransom from Dharan-based businessman
Nabin Raj Bhandari.
The Parliament passed the seventh
amendment bill to the interim constitution by a two-third majority
enabling president, vice president, Prime Minister and ministers
to take oath of office and secrecy in their mother tongues. The
Parliament also passed a resolution to reactivate the defunct
post of vice president.
A patrol team of the Armed Police
Force (APF) arrested three persons affiliated to different underground
armed groups operating in the Terai region while they were going
towards Samanpur in Rautahat District from Sarlahi District.
Cadres of the YCL searched a bus
reserved by the CPN-UML activists till Jhagajholi Ratamata VDC,
where the regional convention of the party?s Sindhuli Constituency-3
was to be held and ?detained? four CPN-UML activists including
the party?s central committee member Keshav Devkota, along with
Central committee member of the
NC and Former Home Minister Khum Bahadur Khadka said at a press
meet in Narayangarh that the party is in need to form an armed
NC acting President Sushil Koirala
said that the Maoist combatants can not be integrated in the Nepal
A meeting of the Special Committee
for Supervision, Integration and Rehabilitation of the PLA combatants
in the capital endorsed its work procedure regarding the chain-of-command
of the PLA, ensuring that they will no longer be on the Unified
The Unified CPN-Maoist decided
that the party will announce its further protests only after holding
discussion with newly formed HLPM about their demands.
The Unified CPN-Maoist cadres
greeted Minister for Tourism and Civil Aviation Saradsingh Bhandari
with black flags in his own constituency in Mahottari District
when he reached Gaushala of the District.
an entrepreneur of Chainpur in Sankhuwasabha WAS allegedly abducted
by around 22 Maoists saying they wanted to interrogate him regarding
a truck carrying illegal goods that was impounded by Revenue Investigation
Unit Office, Itahari, some days back.
Nepal Police recovered illegal
weapons from the residence of Madhusudhan Ray Yadav, a cadre belonging
to Jwala Singh group of the JTMM, at Sonaraniya VDC in Rautahat
of Birgunj District.
The Subedi faction of the CPN-
Unified and Unified CPN-Maoist have decided to merge during a
meeting between the two parties.
The Unified CPN-Maoist declared
people?s revolt implausible in Nepal. He, however, maintained
that the standing committee meeting would finalise the protest
plan on February 3.
The ruling parties called the
main opposition Unified CPN-Maoist not to use the People's Liberation
Army fighters residing in the UN-monitored cantonments in any
programme that will be organised to mark the 14th anniversary
of the People's War to be held on February 14.
The Nepal Police shot dead a ?commander?
of Jwala Singh faction of JTMM-J, identified as Motiram Dusad
alias ?Kalicharan? (26), in an encounter in Parsa District.
The Police arrested 10 cadres
of Matrika Yadav-led CPN-Maoist in charge of extortion and battery
in Butwal District, includING Rupendehi District secretary Dan
The Police arrested 11 cadres
of the Unified CPN-Maoist, including Kochila State Committee Secretariat
member Mohan Timsina, from the ward office of the party in Janata
Basti of Itahari District for their involvement in the abduction
of Pasang Sherpa, an entrepreneur of Chainpur in Sankhuwasabha.
Cadres of ?All Nepal Landless
Association? and ?All Nepal Farmers Association? affiliated to
the Unified CPN-Maoist captured 13 hectares of private land in
Topgachhi VDC of Jhapa District. Maoist sources claimed that the
land was captured as per party?s decision.
The ?central chairman? of the
?Terai Army?, Sanjaya Sah alias Mister Sagar and another
cadre, Baliram Das Tatma, surrendered before the District Police
Office in Rauthat District.
The Unified CPN-Maoist has decided
to launch its fifth phase of protest, as decided in its standing
committee meeting. The Unified CPN-Maoist would conduct expose
campaigning from February 13 to April 6 to put pressure on the
constitution drafting and peace process, said the Maoist spokesperson
The MJF chairman Upendra Yadav
called the Madheshi people to revolt "since the other political
parties were preparing to impose a presidential rule in the country
instead of drafting a constitution" in Rajbiraj of Saptari
District. Yadav urged his party cadres to come out with
batons to ?safeguard? the region.
The Unified CPN-Maoist vice chairman,
Baburam Bhattarai, dismissed the demand for State Restructuring
Police arrested six Unified CPN-Maoist
cadres in Itahari District in the charge of abducting a businessman.
According to the Police sources, the Maoists were arrested under
the Public Offence Act.
The Unified CPN-Maoist chairman
Pushpa Kamal Dahal aka Prachanda declared in a press conference
in Koteshwar in Kathmandu District to limit his party?s fifth
phase agitation to people?s mobilisation only expecting the High
Level Political Mechanism to address the demands it has been raising.
Three left parties - CPN-Maoist
led by Matrika Yadav, Revolutionary Communist Party-Nepal led
by Mani Thapa and CPN-United led by Rishi Kattel- announced two-month
long protest program from February 4th putting forth
an Eight-Point demand including preparing the statute in time.
Nawal Yadav, suspected cadre of
the JTMM, was shot dead in crossfire between the Security Force
personnel and an armed group in Balabakhar Village Development
Committee of Dhanusa
12 Unified CPN-Maoist activists
were injured when they clashed with Police at Sangam Chowk in
Sunsari District Police released
the Unified CPN-Maoist cadres after the Maoists warned of indefinite
bandh (general shut down).
The Unified CPN-Maoist Vice-Chairman,
Mohan Baidya alias Kiran, said that the High-Level Political
Mechanism (HLPM) has got the power to change the Government. Deputy
Prime Minister Bijaya Kumar Gachhadar, however, challenged the
very statement that the HLPM holds no legal rights to change the
Khambuwan National Front (KNF)
warned 6 to launch an arm conflict if the Government fails to
establish a separate State of Khambuwan. The KNF President, R.K.
Khambu, also demanded State restructuring on the basis of nationality,
culture and historical realities.
The Police arrested a central
member belonging to Pawan faction of the SJTMM, identified as
Ravi Dutta Mishra alias Raj Guru in Kapilvastu District.
Police revealed that Raj Guru is also ?chief of western and the
far western command? of the armed outfit.
The CPN-UML Vice Chairman Bamdev
Gautam claimed that with the kind of preparations so far there
was no way the new constitution would be promulgated on the slated
timeframe of May 28.
of 268 disqualified PLA combatants from the Unified CPN-Maoist
Fifth Division Cantonment in Rolpa District brought one month
of rigorous discharge process to an end.
Prime Minister Bijay Kumar Gachhadar mentioned that the term of
the Constituent Assembly should not be extended. Gachhadar insisted
on the Constitution to be drafted within May 28. The new Constitution
can be drafted within eight to ten days if the Unified CPN-Maoist,
Nepali Congress and the Communist Party of CPN-UML forge consensus,
The Unified CPN-Maoist
has adopted a policy to recruit the PLA combatants recently discharged
from various cantonments across the country in its youth wing
Chairman of Terai
outfit Madhes Mukti Tigers (MMT) Raman Singh in Saptari District
on February 8 declared that his group was ready to hold talks
with the Government if the latter creates a suitable environment.
Madhav Kumar Nepal accused the Unified CPN-Maoist of taking ?undue
advantages? of its combatants confined in United Nations-monitored
The Deputy Prime
Minister Sujata Koirala said in Biratnagar District that High
Level Political Mechanism (HLPM) was formed not to topple the
Government but to cooperate with it, and to defuse the political
The Chairman of
the Unified CPN-Maoist Prachanda warned that the president?s post
will be defunct first, if the country fails to get the constitution
on time. He also opposed leaders? views that the tenure of Constituent
Assembly could be prolonged in case the new constitution was not
written on time.
Madhav Kumar Nepal said that the new constitution will be promulgated
on time at any cost. Adding to this, Communist Party of Nepal-Unified
Marxist Leninist Chairman Jhalanath Khanal mentioned that the
political deadlock should be resolved in a package
Sambhu Ydav, a regional leader
of the Unified CPN-Maoist, was killed by an unidentified group
at Sonaroya VDC in Rautahat District The Unified CPN-Maoist declared
a bandh (general shut down) in Bhojpur, Bara and Rautahat
The cadres of Matrika Yadav led
Communist Party of Nepal-Maoist vandalized a house and expelled
the entire family from the village at Zeromile in Dhangadi District.
Madhav Kumar Nepal proposed on the management and integration
of the Maoist Combatants in the HLPM. The HLPM meeting ended inconclusively
as the political parties differed on the issues of including other
political parties in the mechanism.
Cadres of the
Unified CPN-Maoist captured half an acre of land in the Urlabari
area of Morang District. Co-secretary of the Maoists, Morang District
Committee Khem Raj Pradhan said the land was captured on the occasion
of people's war Anniversary.
Cadres of Matrika
Yadav-led CPN-Maoist also captured private land in Morang District.
Madhav Kumar Nepal said that Maoist Chairman Prachanda?s ambiguous
statements have raised doubts over timely promulgation of the
new constitution despite the Government?s hard-won effort. While
saying that the top priority of the Government is to establish
lasting peace in the country by accomplishing the tasks of Army
integration and constitution promulgation, the PM accused Unified
CPN-Maoist of being the major obstacle in statute drafting.
A team of Unified
CPN-Maoist led by Constitution Assembly members Amar Tamu and
Buddhiram Tamu stopped the work at a hydro-project in Taghrin
VDC in Lamjung District. Amar Tamu, the Maoist leader said the
project was halted as per the policy of the party. The Maoists
also posted a notice at the site mentioning the project will not
be allowed to resume without the permission of the locals.
CPN-Maoist vice chairman Narayan Kaji Shrestha dismissed the stance
of ruling political parties that integration and rehabilitation
of Maoist combatants should be done before the promulgation of
the constitution. He claimed that ?army integration? means integration
of all the PLA members into the army.
Chairman Jhalanath Khanal said that the HLPM, of which he is a
member, failed to diffuse the political crisis in the country.
Authority (NEA) employees, supporters of Unified CPN-Maoist took
away the car used by CPN-UML leader K. P. Sharma Oli from NEA
premises. The employees who seized Oli?s car said they seized
the car as it was being used unauthoritatively and that it was
not returned despite several requests.
CPN-Maoists reactivated ?People?s Court? in Sankhuwasabha District,
violating the CPA. The people?s court has begun giving
verdicts, including physical punishments, said Dibyaraj Baral,
Khandbari city in-charge of the Maoists.
CPN-Maoist began two-day training for party cadres from across
the country at Kharipati in Bhaktapur District. Party General
Secretary Ram Bahadur Thapa said the training would reach a conclusion
on issues including whether more movement and revolution is needed
or not, whether the revolution should be given continuity or not.
The Unified CPN-Maoist
Vice Chairman Baburam Bhattarai warned that serious consequences
may arise if the salaries of the Maoist combatants are stopped
by the Government. Talking UNMIN Chief Karen Landgren, Bhattarai
said it will be a breach of CPA if the Government takes such step.
The meeting of
HLPM is underway at its Co-coordinator Girija Prasad Koirala's
residence in Kathmandu. All HLPM members?Unified CPN-Maoist Chairman
Pushpa Kamal Dahal and CPN-UML Chairman Jhalanath Khanal?are expected
to take part in it.
Chairman Prachanda said peace process and the constitution-drafting
are the main priorities of his party at the moment, asking his
party cadres to be focused on these twin agendas. Saying that
the coming three months would mark a very critical phase, Dahal
said the 'revolution' waged by the Maoist party would soon take
a decisive turn.
CPN-Maoist cadres stopped a truck belonging to the APF in Dhading
District charging the APF men of importing large numbers of arms
and explosives from India. The APF said that they were bringing
necessary equipments for the training from Bardaghat of Nawalparasi
District. The Police released the truck using force.
Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Sujata Koirala, also a NC
leader, warned to withdraw her party?s support to the incumbent
coalition Government if the CPN-UML did not correct its modus
committee members of the CPN-UML loyal to Jhala Nath Khanal, the
party president, demanded Prime Minister Madhav Kumar Nepal to
step down for what they called his failure to bring about a consensus
and take forward the peace process.
the NC and the CPN-UML, for the first time, agreed to dwell on
the Maoists? agenda of power sharing at a meeting of the HLPM
in Kathmandu. They, however, did not elaborate on the modality
of power sharing. As per a six-point deal struck in the January
5, 2010, meeting the leaders agreed to make ?power-sharing? an
issue of the HLPM.
CPN-Maoist planned to enlarge its central committee on February
20, adding 35 more members in the 140-member body, reports Nepal
News. A meeting of the party's Standing Committee gave nod to
a proposal to extend the central committee in Koteshwar District.
The MJF called
a bandh on February 21, to protest Police action against its cadres
on February 20, at Krishna Nagar of Kapilvastu District. According
to MJF chief whip and Constituent Assembly member Abhishek Pratap
Sah, a team from Armed Police Force Base Camp, Krishna Nagar,
misbehaved and beat up his party cadres. Vehicular movement, factories,
educational institutions and markets have been shut down due to
the bandh in the District.
CPN-Maoist Chairman Prachanda ruled out timely statute under the
The Prime Minister Madhav Kumar
Nepal mentioned that the constitutional bodies' positions remained
vacant due to the absence of Unified CPN-Maoist Chairman Pushpa
Kamal Dahal at the Constitutional Council (CC) meeting. The prime
minister said that the leader of main opposition party never showed
up at the CC meeting when at least six?of the seven?members should
attend it to move ahead.
Two cadres of JTMM-J, Jhamkarai
Yadav and Birendra Yadav, were shot dead in a clash between the
Police team and the JTMM-J cadres. The Police have found a set
of pistols from the incident area.
TheNC General Secretary Kul Bahadur
Gurung said that the Maoist leaders are not positive towards the
HLPM. The NC leader also said that his party has not prepared
any groundwork to form a Maoist-led Government.
The Peace Minister Rakam Chemjong
declared that the Government would determine the number of Maoist
combatants to be integrated into the national army taking into
account the number of weapons verified by the UNMIN. As per the
UNMIN records, the number of weapons with the Maoists is 3400.
Though the Maoists are demanding integration of UNMIN-verified
19,602 combatants, the Government is reluctant to take up all
of them in the Nepal Army. "Since UNMIN has verified only 3400
weapons of the Maoists, the same number could only be integrated,"
the peace minister said. Chemjong said that the government has
the work plan of concluding the integration process within a month
by applying the concept of "One combatant, one weapon"
Prime Minister Madhav Kumar Nepal
urged the Unified CPN-Maoist not to put obstacle on the roadmap
set by the Constituent Assembly (CA) to promulgate the new constitution
by May 28, 2010. He mentioned that the current coalition Government
is committed to peace process and timely constitution. Dismissing
calls for extending CA's tenure by next six months, he said CA
does not need additional time to write the constitution.
The internal taskforce, formed
by the ruling CPN-UML proposed a national consensus Government.
The taskforce also proposed that the party should be open for
a Maoist-led Government, provided the main opposition meets "certain
conditions." The party?s main conditions, among others, are
that the Unified CPN-Maoist must vacate the cantonments and return
all seized properties before May 28, 2010.
The MJF-L called for an end to
political deadlock in the country. The MJF-L also asked the Government
to implement the eight-point agreement that was concluded with
the Madhesi parties in February 2008. Similarly, in terms of the
new constitution, the party mentioned that the constitution must
be promulgated on time by taking the Unified-CPN-Maoists in confidence.
"If the statute is not formed within the deadline, then the
three major parties will be responsible for that," it added.
The Central Committee (CC) meeting
of the Unified CPN-Maoist failed to take decision on proposed
expansion of the party's CC, politburo and standing committee
(SC). Failing to finalise names of the 35 new CC members, the
meeting has forwarded the dispute to be resolved through state
committees. The internal dispute has become sour after the proposal
floated for expansion of CC, politburo and SC.
The six-member task force of the
HLPM failed to finalise the common Shankalpa Prastav (stricture
motion) proposed to settle the political stand-off, for the fourth
day in succession. The HLPM, on February 20, had entrusted the
task force a two-day time period with the responsibility of finalising
the common motion and present it at the HLPM, no later than February
The Unified CPN-Maoist Chairman
Prachanda said that the new constitution would not be promulgated
until there is a national unity Government led by his party.
The Nepali Janata Dal (NJD) said
that it was withdrawing its support to the main opposition Unified
CPN-Maoist. Saying that the party has lost faith in the Maoists,
NJD?s leader Hari Charan Saha informed about the party?s decision
to formally withdraw its support to the Maoists at a press meet
in Birgunj of Parsa District.
The MJF withdrew the general strike
that it had imposed throughout Kapilvastu District since February
20, protesting against the manhandling of its cadres by the police.
A MJF lawmaker said that the party decided to lift the general
strike after reaching an agreement with the local administration.
The CPN-ML General Secretary C.
P. Mainali ruled out the possibility of drafting the new constitution
within 90 days. The CPN-ML leader accused the Unified CPN-Maoist
of delaying the constitution drafting.
The Unified CPN-Maoist deferred
its plan to extend the Central Committee (CC). Concluding that
the twin task of constitution drafting and logical conclusion
of peace process was the major responsibility, the party CC meeting
decided to focus its attention on the constitution drafting as
the primary agenda.
The Unified CPN-Maoist is preparing
to induct 300 combatants disqualified by the UNMIN and discharged
recently into the Tamuwan State Committee of the party. The combatants
will be deployed in the Tamuwan area. The Youth wing of the Unified
CPN-Maoist, YCL claimed that the discharged combatants were imparting
"physical training" to YCL cadres.
The Unified CPN-Maoist Chairman
Pushpa Kamal Dahal aka Prachanda said that the country
needs "the final revolt" to write a new constitution
in favour of poor people.. Speaking at the inaugural of a ?martyrs?
memorial gate? set up by the Unified CPN-Maoist District committee
in Damauli District Prachanda remarked that if anyone dares to
corner the Maoists, the people will wreck havoc against the current
Senior NC leader and former Prime
Minister Sher Bahadur Deuba said that the YCL should be dismantled
at the earliest possible, Deuba accused that the Maoist paramilitary
force was continuing illegal activities throughout the country.
A cadre YCL, Asha Ram Bishwakarma,
was killed at Botechaur Bazaar in Surkhet District. The Unified
CPN-Maoist has blamed the Youth Force (YF), youth wing of the
CPN-UML for the killing. Two civilians, Hira Bishwakarma and Khim
Bahadur Oli, sustained injuries in this incident.
The YCL cadres clashed with the
YF in Bageshowori District. Eight persons - five from the YCL
and three from the YF- were injured in this incident.
The Unified CPN-Maoist cadres
attacked the Kusapani Police Station in Dailekh District in which
seven Security Force personnel were injured. According to the
Police sources the Maoist cadres took away some weapons from the
station. The Maoists reportedly attacked the Police Station accusing
the Police of arresting one of their fellow cadres.
The YCL called for an indefinite
shutdown in Surkhet District protesting against the killing of
its fellow cadres.
Two major coalition allies?CPN-UML
and NC?have become ready to talk about the change of guard with
the main opposition party Unified CPN-Maoist. A joint meeting
of the ruling CPN-UML and the NC held here in the capital finalized
the six-point agenda for the discussion with the Maoists.
The Constituent Assembly (CA)
will hold its 94th meeting from March 3, 2010. The
meeting will kick off after three weeks. The meeting is set to
amend the CA Calendar of Events for the 10th time.
The last CA meeting was concluded on February 4.
of the three major political parties, Unified CPN-Maoist,
CPN-UML and NC failed to forge an understanding on the terms of
Reference of State Restructuring Commission.
Committee member of the ruling CPN-UML K. P. Sharma Oli said
in Chitwan District that the cases of shootings on the
media persons was a legacy of the Maoist insurgency.
of the CPN-UML, Laxam Yadav, managed to escape unhurt
when an unidentified armed gang opened fire in Saptari District.
men and two Unified CPN-Maoist cadres were injured in a clash
when Police tried to evict the Maoists from the property of a
local landowner at Sauraha inBacheli VDC of Chitwan
District. The Maoists also disrupted Narayanghat-Hetauda road
section following the incident.
Union (NSU) activist Suresh Tamang sustained injury
when cadres of YCL and the members of the NC clashed in Dhading
of the Unified CPN-Maoist Baburam Bhattarai said
that all United Nations verified combatants must be integrated
for new constitution. He mentioned that the new constitution wont'
be drafted unless all 19,000 Maoist combatants verified by the
UNMIN are integrated.
of the NC warned in Sanepa of Lalitpur District
that the country will plunge into a serious crisis if the NC makes
a power sharing deal with the Unified CPN-Maoist, saying
the Maoists has betrayed the party time and again in the past.
A Constituent Assembly (CA) committee
formed to study the preliminary reports of CA's 11 thematic committees
submitted the report of Committee to Determine the Structure of
Constitutional Bodies to the full House of the CA.
The Unified CPN-Maoist leader
Krishna Bahadur Mahara said that conflict existed mainly within
four major political parties in the Constituent Assembly. He added
that "Conflict is underway between regressive, status-quoists,
progressive and transformers". "We are for pro-people and progressive
statute," he asserted.
Leaders of the ruling NC and CPN-UML
held bilateral discussions on making appointments in constitutional
bodies, which have remained vacant for a long time due to non-cooperation
by the main opposition Unified CPN-Maoist party.
of the main opposition party Unified CPN-Maoist Prachanda said
that the country could get the constitution with the two-third
majority of leftists in the Constituent Assembly if they could
be united. "It?s possible to make a single communist centre through
ideological and political struggle," he added.
Unified CPN-Maoist chairman Prachanda
asked the YCL to counter those opposing the pro-people constitution
and attacking its leaders and cadres. YCL Newa State Committee
in-charge Chandra Bahadur Thapa alias Sagar said
that YCL will initiate programmes to counter increasing attacks
on Maoists as per chairman?s direction
Minister for Information and Communication
Shanker Pokharel claimed that the Maoists are preparing for another
revolt instead of focusing their energy in constitution making
task. He also said that the Maoists are the "source" of guns and
weapons that has led to increase in crime and other law and order
problems in the country.
Four Police personnel have been
injured in a scuffle with the Unified CPN-Maoist cadres in Kanchanpur
YCL has set the stage to launch
what it has described as a 'national youth campaign.
Unified CPN-Maoist Chairman Prachanda said
that conspirators were spreading rumour that the Maoists were
At least six children were injured
when a bomb exploded in front a health post at Ramgunj, in Sunsari District. JTMM
has claimed responsibility for the attack.
Police evicted CPN-Maoist and
its affiliated outfit Nepal Farmers Association-Revolutionary
(ANFA-Revolutionary) cadres squatting on the premises of Gaindakot-based
Santachuli Deluxe Hotel in Nawalparasi District.
Major political parties? leaders
underscored that the integration and management of the Maoist
combatants should be taken ahead by forging agreement among the
The Constituent Assembly has amended
constitution-writing calendar for the tenth time. The tenth amendment,
however, has not changed the final date for promulgation of the
constitution, which is scheduled for May 28, 2010.
Leaders of the political parties
in the Constituent Assembly have expressed their commitment to
draft the new constitution within the prescribed time. In the
March 9 Constitutional Committee meeting the leaders assured cooperation
in the drafting process so the constitution gets promulgated within
Chairman of the main opposition
party Unified CPN-Maoist Prachanda expressed his hope of
drafting the new statute in the given time frame of May 28.
The visiting United Nations Under Secretary
General for Political Affairs B. Lynn Pascoe said that the Nepal?s
peace process has become vulnerable.
Prime Minister Madhav Kumar Nepal has
reiterated that integration and rehabilitation of cantoned Maoist
fighters should be completed before the promulgation of the constitution.
Visiting United Nations Under
Secretary General B. Lynn Pascoe said that the number of Maoist
combatants will be kept confidential as it is essential for UNMIN
to live up to its commitment to impartiality.
The chairman of the Unified CPN-Maoist
Prachanda said that the 10-year-long conflict is the main and
the final cause behind the current change in the country.
Unified CPN-Maoist has called
for a bandh (general shut down) in Bheri and
Karnali zones for two days starting from March 13 over the death
of their leader Rishi Gautam, who was knocked down by a passenger
bus on March 11, 2010.
MJF and Tharu organisations announced
their respective struggle plans to have their demands met by the
CPN-UML has decided to reorganise
and reactivate its youth wing, Youth Force (YF), which the party
had declared defunct in December 2008- six months after it was
CoAS General Chhatra Man Singh
Gurung has made it clear that it will be difficult to integrate
"politically indoctrinated" Maoist combatants into the Nepal Army
The US has ruled out taking
the Unified CPN-Maoist off its terrorist list until the Maoists
have completely renounced violence.
a cadre of the Unified CPN-Maoist, Sunita KC, with
a 9-mm pistol and bullets from Chabahil of Kathmandu
District. A youth, whose identity is yet to be ascertained,
was also arrested with her. Although, male Maoist cadres
were arrested many times in the past, this is the first time a
Maoist female cadre has been arrested with a pistol.
The main opposition
Unified CPN-Maoist is preparing to challenge the Madhav Kumar
Nepal-led Government by tabling a no confidence motion against
it at the Parliament. The Unified CPN-Maoist chairman Prachanda
has met the top leadership of MJF seeking the latter's support
in his party's campaign to find an alternative to the current
Government. MJF leader Jaya Prakash Gupta confirmed
that Dahal met the top leaders of the party to request for their
support in the Maoist drive against the Government.
As the Maoists make hefty preparation
to float a no confidence motion against the Government, Minister
for Information and Communication Shanker Pokharel has said that
the Government will face the Maoist challenge in a strong manner.
resorted to use of moderate force to enforce the Supreme Court
order and vacated a four-storey house being occupied by the Unified
CPN-Maoist in the Teku area of Kathmandu District. Seven Policemen
were injured in the clash with the Unified CPN-Maoist cadres.
India has decided
to further strengthen security of its embassy in Kathmandu as
a precautionary measure after getting a tip off that a terrorist
group might target it. India has "sensed some danger" following
intelligence inputs that Pakistan-based Lashkar-e-Toiba may attack
the embassy and target the diplomats posted there.
of the Unified CPN-Maoist Prachanda claimed that
the rightists have been spending hefty amounts to split his party.
The main opposition
Unified CPN-Maoist proposed that issues related to
the statute that have been agreed upon be endorsed at the next
meeting of the Constituent Assembly (CA) and other contentious
issues be resolved through voting. This will help the CA meet
its May 28 deadline, the party said.
interrupted the tender bidding process called by the Urban Development
and Building Construction Division Office (UDBCDO) in Gorkha District. UDBCDO
last week had called tender for various nine projects to be carried
out in Gorkha, Tanahu and Lamjung for the construction
of the buildings destroyed during insurgency. "Only the Maoist-affiliated
contractors could register their firms. Other construction entrepreneurs
were not even allowed to bidding as Maoist district leaders and
YCL activists threatened and prevented them from bidding,"
said Dhirajbabu Maskey, Chairman of Construction Entrepreneurs
Association (CEA), Gorkha.
Due to intra-party
differences, the Unified CPN-Maoist has decided not to table
a no-confidence motion against the government for now, said party
leaders, adding the party is considering whether to call for the
special session of the parliament.
The main opposition
parties Unified CPN-Maoist and MJF chose to skip the
all party meeting called by Prime Minister Madhav Kumar Nepal in
his office at Singha Durbar (Parliament).
Unified CPN-Maoist Post Bahadur Bogati, said that his party
would give more priority to consensus-building in a last ditch
effort to pave way for a Maoist led national unity Government
than lodge no-confidence motion to topple it. He added
that they would topple the Government "under any circumstances"
if political consensus remains elusive.
for Information and Communications Shankar Pokharel said that
a new leadership for the Government could be possible if the Unified CPN-Maoist
changed itself into a civilian party.
of YCL assaulted a pregnant woman, Pushpa Nepali, 24, leaving
her seriously injured in Dang District. The YCL cadres
reportedly assaulted her following a press statement about timber
smuggling jointly issued by Tarun Dal, Bagmare VDC
secretary and Pushpa's husband Man Bahadur Pariyar a
few days ago.
armed group abducted an activist of the Unified CPN-Maoist, Ramprabesh Sah,
from Jhunkhunwa VDC of Rautahat District. The whereabouts
of the abducted person is still unknown, said his family.
Ram Kumari Jhakri,
President of All Nepal National Free Students Union (ANNFSU),
a student wing of the CPN-UML accused the UNMIN of trying to incite
tension between the political parties and being "the Maoist party's
The Unified CPN-Maoist
held intensive talks with 11 fringe parties at its Parliamentary
Party office in Singha Durbar (Parliament). Emerging from the
meeting, Unified CPN-Maoist vice chairman Baburam Bhattaari said
that all the fringe parties were in agreement that a change in
the current Madhav Kumar Nepal-led Government was necessary.
Committee member Bharat Mohan Adhikari charged
the Unified CPN-Maoist of being an obstacle in the peace
process. Speaking at a press meet organised by Palpa chapter
of Press Chautari District, Adhikari said,
the present situation has surfaced due to the Maoists' ultra-leftist
views and terrorist activities.
The Unified CPN-Maoist
has decided to expel its Brahman and Chhettri members
of its Lumbuwan State Committee, for joining the newly
formed organisations of Brahmans and Chhettris. The party
has issued warning to its Brahman and Chhettri cadres
who have joined the new oganisations to resign from
the party within this week. The party said organisations of Brahmans
and Chhettris are against party principles and policies
of the party, adding these persons need to choose either the party
or their own caste-based group.
Minister Sher Bahadur Deuba said that qualified Maoist combatants
could be integrated in different security bodies. He said that
it should not be made a matter of discussion as it is clearly
mentioned about the rehabilitation of the Maoist combatants in
the Comprehensive Peace Accord.
vice-chairman, Mohan Baidya alias Kiran has warned in Salyan District
that the nation will see "fresh people's revolt" if the new constitution
is not prepared by the stipulated timeframe.
the Unified CPN-Maoist signed a Declaration formally discharging
1,614 disqualified combatants from the PLA who were absent in
the formal discharge process conducted from January 6 to February
8, in Maoist cantonments across the country.
has begun on the future leadership and fate of the HLPM, with
the death of the guardian of Nepali politics Girija Prasad Koirala.
of the ANNISU-R student wing of Unified CPN-Maoist were injured
in a clash with the Police at Dharan in Sansuri District.
The YCL has
launched a signature campaign to pressurise the political parties
for drafting the constitution on time and taking the peace process
to a logical conclusion.
for Peace and Reconstruction Rakam Chemjong said in Biratnagar
District that the new constitution can be drafted on time only
after the integration and rehabilitation process of the ex-Maoist
combatants is completed.
CPN-Maoist and NC have staked claim over the leadership of the
three-party HLPM which was earlier headed by late NC president
Girija Prasad Koirala.
of the NSU, Shambu Adhikari, was assaulted by the cadres of ANNISU-R
students? front of the Unified CPN-Maoist at Kawasoti in the Nawalparasi
CPN-Maoist cadre, Ram Ayodhi Yadav, was shot dead by an unidentified
gang at Rampurbirta of Siraha District.
Janatantrik Terai Madhesh Mukti
Morcha (JTMMM), a lesser known outfit, detonated a bomb in the
office of Unified CPN-Maoist in Nepalgunj of Banke District.
The cadres of the Unified CPN-Maoist
captured a piece of land belonged to former Food and Agriculture
Minister Premraj Angdembe in Panchthar District.
The Chairman of CPN-Maoist Matrika
Prasad Yadav accused the Unified CPN-Maoist of using the HLPM
as a means to grab ruling power.
JTMM-J Mahottari District in-charge,
Sudhir Pandey aka Dharmadas, was shot dead in Mahottari.
Eight activists of Rastriya Janamorcha
Nepal (RJN) were injured when Unified CPN-Maoist cadres attacked
them at Prithivi Chowk in Pokhara of Kaski District.
Unified CPN-Maoist has intensified
bilateral discussions with different parties in an attempt to
get their support against the current coalition Government.
MJF staged a rally in Kathmandu
protesting the Government's failure to implement the agreement
reached with Madheshi parties and demanding resignation of Prime
Minister Madhav Kumar Nepal
The Constituent Assembly (CA)
has on March 30 received a third report from the thematic committee
to be considered and forwarded to the Constitutional Committee
(CC), which remains without job for last several weeks.
MJF took out a motorcycle rally
as part of its second phase of Madhesh general strike.
The HLPM meeting agreed in principle
to form the much-debated SRC. The mechanism comprising leaders
of the major three political parties (Unified CPN-Maoist CPN-UML
and NC) have decided to form the SRC in order to settle the differences
among the parties over the forms of federal States to be adopted
in the new constitution in the making.
Prime Minister Madhav Kumar Nepal held
separate meetings with the leaders of Madhesh-based parties in
the present coalition in a bid to consolidate support for his
Government. Nepal met MJF-L chairman and Deputy Prime
Minister Bijaya Kumar Gachchhadar, TMLP) chairman Mahantha Thakur
and Sadbhawana Party chairman and Minister Rajendra Mahato.
Unified CPN-Maoist vice-chairman Baburam Bhattarai warned
that the prospect of another bloody civil war is not a mere illusion.
Nepal Police have seized 19 small
arms since September 17, 2009 in the Kathmandu Valley,
a Police official said.
Prime Minister Madhav Kumar Nepal
who has intensified political consultations with leaders of various
political parties since past one week has hinted at stepping down
from his position if the situation requires so.
The PLA?s Technical Committee
has demanded a sum of NPR two million or 3.38 hectares of land
in Terai area for joining politics and not to join Army.
The Constituent Assembly conducted
its 100th meeting. The meeting decided to forward
the CA's directives and recommendations over the concept
paper of the Committee to Determine the Rights of Minorities and
Marginalised to the Constitutional Committee.
The YCL handed over 700,000 signatures
to CA Chairman Subas Nemwang demanding promulgation of the new
constitution within the stipulated date of May 28.
Chairman of MJF Upendra Yadav
warned of overthrowing the incumbent CPN-UML led Government during
the winter session of House.
MJF took out a torch rally in
Rajbiraj of Saptari District as part of their second phase of
Unified CPN-Maoist spokesman
Dina Nath Sharma claimed that his party has secured a majority
vote to topple the incumbent Government and form a national unity
Government under the leadership of Maoist Chairman Pushpa Kamal
Unified CPN-Maoist Chairman
Prachanda placed three alternatives for the integration of the
Kaushal Kishwor Jha,
a cadre of the Unified CPN-Maoist affiliated Madheshi Mukti
Morcha, was abducted from his residence in Damahi Madai of
Vice Chairman Baburam Bhattarai warned that the
nation could witness a 'deadly accident' if the new constitution
did not take shape by May 28.
MJF demanded the
ouster of the incumbent Government led by the CPN- UML.
The Unified CPN-Maoist
has announced the start of a new round of protests to uphold civilian
supremacy, national integrity and for timely constitution drafting
and peace in the country.
politburo member Gopal Kiranti has said NC and CPN-UML lawmakers
would be barred from Udaypur District as they had become an obstacle
for the new constitution.
politburo member Gopal Kirati said that his party will not allow
the Government security personnel to enter the villages. Kirati,
a former minister, said, "Security personnel obeying the
orders of a Government neglected by people better stay off the
strike enforced by the MJF-N has affected life in Terai districts.
The MJF-N has been waging a protest movement calling for implementation
of the 22-point agreement reached between the Government and the
Madheshi parties in the past.
The Unified CPN-Maoist
has called for nation-wide general strike on April 12 protesting
against the Government decision to award the Machine Readable
Passports (MRP) contract to India.
RPP-N Kamal Thapa has claimed the three big parties
? Unified CPN-Maoist, NC and CPN-UML have secretly made an agreement
to extend the CA term.
the arrest of 15 of its protesters including their Mahottari District
chairman Tej Narayan Yadav during their mass
protest. Armed Police arrested the cadres to resume the general
strike called by the party.
A YCL cadres
assaulted five cadres of the Matrika-led CPN-Maoist, including
the District in-charge, Bhim Prasad Chapagain, at Thumpokhara-6
in Bhaisekhola of Syangja District.
in Bajura District headquarter Martadi has
returned to normalcy after Unified CPN-Maoist and CPN-UML
leaders agreed to abstain from clashes.
Rookmangud Katawal said in Lalitpur District that the
Nepal Army would not remain silent if violence erupts in the nation
after May 28, 2010, the deadline for the promulgation of
attacked the State Minister for Energy Chandra Singh Bhattarai's
vehicle at Dhaibung VDC in Rasuwa District. Two Policemen
were injured in the incident.
cadres assaulted two CPN-UML activists at Dharapani of Arghakhanchi
District. Two of the CPN-UML party men, Dev Bahadur Tamang
and Baburam Tamang, sustained injury in this assault.
Cadres of Sanyukta
Jatiya Mukti Morcha (SJMM) damaged and set ablaze the office of
Chhatredeuli VDC of Dhading District.
the escalating atrocities of the Unified CPN-Maoist in the
Dedeldhura District staged a demonstration against the party.
The CPN-UML has withdrawn the
indefinite Rasuwa District shutdown it had called to protest the
beating of its cadres by the Unified CPN-Maoist cadres.. In a
press release the CPN-UML said the District-wide indefinite shutdown
has been withdrawn in view of the Matatirtha Aunsi festival and
the New Year.
After 15 hours of police detention
for possession of a loaded pistol, Unified CPN-Maoist politburo
member and YCL in-charge Kul Prasad KC alias Sonam and
his bodyguard ? a battalion commander?Mahabir Rana Magar alias
Sunil were released.
CPN-UML chairman Jhalanath Khanal
said in Rukum District that the current Government will continue
until a new national consensus is formed. Khanal alleged that
the main opposition party Unified CPN-Maoist is the main hurdle
for drafting the new statute on time.
The meetings of the Unified CPN-Maoist's
politburo and standing committee scheduled to take place on April
14 have been deferred for April 15. The politburo and the standing
committee of the Maoist party are to meet to decide the party's
protest programmes against the current coalition Government and
its strategy after May 28 provided the constitution does not get
promulgated by then.
NC top leaders have clearly put
forth four conditions before the Unified CPN-Maoist to dissolve
the present Government and form a national consensus Government.
The four conditions put forward by NC are return of seized property
and land to the rightful owners, transformation of its youth wing
YCL from its existing Para-military structure, clear plans for
army and arms management before promulgating the constitution
and a convincing commitment to show the Maoists have transformed
themselves to a citizen party and renounced violence.
The meeting of the Army Integration
Special Committee (AISC) for the Integration, Supervision and
Rehabilitation of the Maoist combatants scheduled for April 14
was postponed yet again as the chiefs of the political parties
were unable to allocate the time from their busy schedules. Earlier,
on April 11, also AISC meet was postponed citing the same reason
'the busy schedules of the top leaders.
In a politburo meeting of the
Unified CPN-Maoist party chairman Prachanda presented his views
on the current political situation and the party?s immediate strategy.
He said that "We must gear up for massive people?s movement
to topple the Government, as it has failed to take the peace process
to a logical end. Nor is it likely to draft the new constitution
on time." Speaking on behalf of the chairman, Unified CPN-Maoist
leader Barshaman Pun said, if Prime Minister does not resign soon,
the Maoists will table a proposal of no-confidence in the parliament.
Minister for Commerce and Supplies
Rajendra Mahato warned that Madheshi people would draft a separate
statute if their demand-one Madhesh, one province-was not met.
Addressing a mass meeting organised by his party, Mahato said,
"We are demanding ?one Madhesh, one province?, not Madhesh
as a separate country. But if our demand is not addressed, Madheshi
people will draft their own statute and start ruling over Madhesh
as a different country."
The leaders of the top two communist
parties of the country CPN-UML and Unified CPN-Maoist have called
for a national unity Government to resolve the current political
deadlock and expedite the constitution-drafting and peace process.
At least 12 persons were injured
when supporters of the Unified CPN Maoist clashed with
those of the MJF-L in Kapilvastu. The clash occurred as Deputy
Prime Minister Bijay Kumar Gachhadar was visiting the
District. The fracas erupted in Barakulpur VDC along
the East-West Highway when Maoist activists waved black
flags at Gachhadar, who is also the MJF-L chairman.
Maoists have issued threats to
a school principal in Nuwakot District. They repeatedly
warned Lal Bahadur Kuwar, principal of Bageshwori Higher Secondary
School, over the phone that if he doesn't invalidate the election
of the School Management Committee held four days ago, then anything
might happen to him.
Five major ruling parties, minus
Unified CPN-Maoist, have agreed on the Government proposal
to integrate 3,000 Maoist combatants into the security forces
in the first phase. The meeting of the Special Committee on integration,
supervision and rehabilitation of the Maoist combatants held on
April 16 in Singh Durbar took the decision. The committee had
invited top leaders of the six big parties to be apprised on the
activities carried out by it so far and take a decision on the
number of combatants and the modality of integration. However,
Maoist chairman Pushpa Kamal Dahal and two other Maoist members
of the committee -Janardhan Sharma and Barsha Man
Pun - were absent at the meeting.
The second day of the Unified CPN-Maoist?s
politburo meeting at its party headquarters in Parisdanda in the
capital ended after concluding that though the current Government
is a major hindrance towards the formation of a national unity
Government, but toppling it by taking a no-confidence motion against
it will create a political turmoil and adversely affect the constitution
drafting process. "So, if the current government doesn't step
down to make way for a national unity government by May 1, we
will then have to bring it down from the street," the party's
chairman Pushpa Kamal Dahal said after the meeting.
Even as the political leaders
are expressing their doubts about timely promulgation of the new
constitution, Prime Minister Madhav Kumar Nepal told
President Ram Baran Yadav that the promulgation
of constitution-in-the making by May 18 has been out of question.
Chairman of the Matrika-led CPN-Maoist Matrika Yadav
charged Unified CPN-Maoist of indulging in the dirty game
of state capture by undermining the class struggle and achievements
of 'people's war'. "The Unified CPN-Maoist going against
the spirit of people's movement and Madhesh movement, is indulged
in the politics of state capture", he said.
Minister of State for Local Development Ganesh Bahadur Khadka said
that the new constitution could not be promulgated prior to finalising
the issue of the PLA.
student wing, ANNISU-R has padlocked the account sections of various
private schools in Kathmandu, Bhaktapur and Lalitpur demanding
the hiked tuition fees for the new academic session be revoked.
has been providing physical training to its cadres and commoners
across the nation in the name of preparing them for a possible
down all campuses and higher secondary schools in Kaski District.
Unified CPN-Maoist has demanded
immediate resignation of Prime Minister Madhav Kumar Nepal, saying
he must step down to build consensus and pave the way for a national
A person was killed
and at least a dozen others injured in a clash between labourers
affiliated to Unified CPN-Maoist trade union and local CPN-UML
supporters over the appointment of workers at the Gorkha Brewery
at Mukundapur of Nawalparasi District.
Normal life in
Nawalparasi District was crippled due to the shutdown called by
the Unified CPN-Maoist affiliated trade union in protest
against the killing of one its labourer.
Cadres of the
Unified CPN-Maoist attacked and injured two activists of CPN-UML
and abducted one of Nepali Congress in separate incidents in Surkhet
and Panchthar Districts.
also abducted NC activist Ganesh Prasad Dulal in Panchthar District.
The Unified CPN-Maoist
intensified physical training to youths in various Districts amidst
criticism from other political parties and civil society.
Unified CPN-Maoist leader,
C. P. Gajurel, has said that the ruling parties are conspiring
to isolate his party by spreading rumours that the Maoists are
providing "military training" to its cadres as well as commoners
across the nation.
The HLPM fails
to arrive at any decision to resolve the protracted political
impasse, but leaders claimed they would reach a broad understanding
at the next meeting of the mechanism slated for April 24.
An Unified CPN-Maoist
cadre, Mahato, who was injured in a clash between the cadres of
the Unified CPN-Maoist and CPN-UML in Mukundapur VDC of Nawalparasi
District on April 21, succumbed to his injury.
Normal life was
affected in Pokhara due to the strike called by the Unified CPN-Maoist
student front ANNISU-R. The ANNISU-R called the strike protesting
against the arrest of its cadres.
vice-chairman Baburam Bhattarai warned that his party would bring
hundreds of thousands of people in the streets to establish the
"people's federal democratic republic" in the country if the constitution
is not drafted as per the people's aspiration within May 28 deadline.
Deputy Prime Minister
Bijay Kumar Gachhadar warned that the nation may head towards
civil war if the Maoists do not stop their military trainings
to their cadres.
A group of Unified CPN-Maoist
cadres set ablaze the CPN-UML District office
in Nawalparsi leaving the office and its documents completely
damaged. They also attacked and injured CPN-UML members including
the office secretary Tulsi Pasi.
Cadres of the
ANNISU-R the student wing of Unified CPN-Maoist, damaged at least
eight school buses belonging to three private schools. Police
arrested six persons in connection with the incident.
The chairman of
Unified CPN-Maoist Prachanda directed his party cadres to
be well-prepared "for a strong confrontation with the enemies".
asked the Unified CPN-Maoist to withdraw their plan for holding
a nationwide protest programme.
Police have seized
over 600 sticks being transported to Kathmandu from Kavre District
by the Unified CPN-Maoist cadres for the May 1 mass movement.
All private schools
across the country stayed shut due to the indefinite nationwide
closure called by ANNISU-R, the student wing of the Unified CPN-Maoist.
Madhav Kumar Nepal said that he is ready to quit if the political
parties come up with a consensus candidate other than Unified
CPN-Maoist chairman Prachanda for the Prime Minister's position.
the Awadh State Committee leader of the Unified CPN-Maoist
was shot dead in Kapilvastu District.
Cadres of the
Matrika led CPN-Maoist blackened the face of Chahara VDC
secretary in Palpa District.
As the Unified CPN-Maoist
has given call for indefinite strike from May 2, cadres of the
Unified CPN-Maoist and local people from various Districts
across the country started leaving for Kathmandu to
take part in the demonstration.
YCL has started
its paramilitary patrolling across Jhapa District. According to
Kochila State Committee member Amrit, YCL has been patrolling
in places such as Damak, Birtamod, Bhadrapur and Dhulabari after 8
A PLA ?platoon
commander?, Santosh Rai, of the Second Division in Udaypur was
arrested in Chitwan District on the charge of possession of weapons.
Minister for Information
and Communication Shankar Pokharel, who is also the Government's
spokesperson, said the Nepal Army will be mobilised if the Unified CPN-Maoist
protests starting May 1 go out of control.
Vice-chairman Baburam Bhattarai said the indefinite
nationwide general strike that the party has announced to be observed
from May 2 will be "entirely peaceful".
the Unified CPN-Maoist cadres clashed with the Police when
the Police tried to vacate schools and private buildings occupied
by the Maoists. Police stepped up raids suspecting that Maoists
may have brought weapons.
have intensified their donation drive and issued a decree to send
at least one member from each household to participate in their
protest programmes in different Districts.
partners NC and CPN-UML urged the Unified CPN-Maoist to seek solution
of the current political impasse through dialogue.
Cadres of JTMM
set ablaze a truck at Mohanpur VDC along East-West highway
in Saptari District for defying the District bandh called
a huge cache of materials used for making explosive devices from Seti Mahakali Hotel
& Lodge at Sundhara of Kathmandu ahead of Unified
CPN-Maoist?s May Day demonstration.
Workers at Himalayan
Distillery foiled Unified CPN-Maoist cadres? attempt of abducting Uday Bhandari,
General Manager of the Distillery in Parsa District.
More than 200
Unified CPN-Maoist cadres and combatants have rebelled in
various parts of the country citing the party movement would lead
to anarchy and invite violence in the country.
14 political parties
in the ruling coalition renewed their support to the current cabinet,
concluding that the Government cannot be changed because of the
pressure created by the Maoists through street protests.
has maintained high alert in all the PLA camps across the country.
explosive raw materials from a public micro-bus en route to Kathmandu at Aanbu Khaireni of Tanahun District.
five socket bombs from a Unified CPN-Maoist combatant in Putalisadak, Kathmandu.
Police arrested Srijana Sthapit, a Maoist combatant,
carrying the five socket bombs on the eve of the massive demonstrations
the Maoists have planned for May 1.
defused a bomb planted in the house of Binod Agrawal,
the campus chief of Babai Campus at Gulariya in Bardiya District.
Madhav Kumar Nepal said that anything can happen in
the country if the Maoists try to capture State powers through
UNMIN chief Karin Landgren expressed
her concern that despite peaceful intentions, "potential spoilers"
of the peace process could provoke a clash.
Vice Chairman Baburam Bhattarai has claimed that
the party will bring more than 5,00,000 people into the streets
during their May Day protests to be held in Khulla Manch,
open air theatre, at Tudhikhel in Kathmandu on May 1.
The Cadres of Unified CPN-Maoist
abducted retired corporal Resham Hamal and soldier (in-service)
Dev Bahadur Bista from Sundhara of Tanahu District accusing them
Nepal Army expressed its serious
concern over the detention of its personnel by Unified CPN-Maoist
from Kathmandu over, what it called false charges of
Unified CPN-Maoist marked
the end the first day of their nationwide indefinite general strike
in taking out a torch rally at various places in Kathmandu.
Unified CPN-Maoist vice chairman Baburam Bhattarai accused
the present coalition Government of being major hindrance to the
constitution drafting and peace process and said that his party
will not call off its street protest until its demands are fulfilled.
The cadres of
the Unified CPN-Maoist clashed with the Police in Kathmandu during
the second day of the Maoists? indefinite nationwide strike. The
clash ensued after the agitating Maoist activists vandalised a
motor cycle at Samakhus for defying the strike. No injuries or
other physical damages have been reported as yet.
A meeting of CPN-UML
and Nepali Congress ended inconclusively. Leaders told that a
consensus could not be forged due to differences on the issue
of army integration.
The meeting of
ten ruling parties held at the Prime Ministerial residence at Baluwatar, Kathmandu urged
the Government to continue, saying the change of guard through
the force of street protest would not be possible.
At least 30 people
have been injured in clash between the local workers and the Unified
CPN-Maoist cadres in Pokhara. At the same time, incidents of violence
were reported at some places. About 30 Maoist cadres carrying
bamboo sticks attacked around a dozen shops in Anamnagar and Ghattekulo
area in Kathmandu for defying the general strike. In Satungal
and Naikap, the local residents counter attacked the Maoist cadres.
Similarly, locals in Biratnagar also chased away the Maoist cadres
after they forced shops to close down.
Cadres of Unified
CPN-Maoist, on the charge of not participating in the party called
general strike, assaulted 32 cadres at Ramghat in Pokhara.
chairman Prachanda said the stir his party has launched will be
intensified gradually. "The patience of people who have taken
to streets is on the verge of breakdown", he said, "So
the agitation will be intensified."
Youth Force member was killed in the Lothar area of Makwanpur
District by the YCL cadres.
At least a
dozen Unified CPN-Maoist cadres and a few Policemen were
injured in a clash in Butwal. The clash started after the
Police tried to evacuate the Maoist cadres from the Butwal Municipality building
which they had 'captured' and placed their party flags
of Tarun Dal, youth wing of the Nepali Congress were
injured when the Unified CPN-Maoist cadres attacked them in Parbat
District. The Maoist cadres attacked the activistst of Tarun Dal,
citing they first attacked the Maoist cadres.
CPN-UML-aligned Youth Force attacked the rally of Maoist cadres
who were enforcing the closure of market in Dhankuta District.
Some 15 Policemen sustained minor injuries while trying to control
person opened two rounds of bullet as a clash ensued between YCL
and YF in Bhaktapur on the fourth day of the indefinite
general strike called by the Maoists.
Vice Chairman Mohan Baidya has said the nationwide general
strike called by his party will continue unless there is an agreement
on its demands.
The indefinite general strike
called by the Unified CPN-Maoist demanding a national unity Government
in its leadership entered fifth day. Clashes among the Maoists
and those opposing the strike were reported from different parts
of the country.
At least half a dozen persons
were injured when clashes between the Maoist cadres and youths
affiliated to Hindu Yuva Sangh (Hindu Youth Association)
took place in the Birgunj area of Parsa District. The clashes
had started after Hindu youths backed by local residents set ablaze
the tent in City Hall being used by Maoists. Those opposing the
strike also set ablaze a van being used by the Maoists to transport
At Budhanilkantha in Kathmandu
local residents demanding the end of indefinite general strike
clashed with the Maoists. At least three persons, including a
minor, were injured in the scuffle. Police fired about half dozen
shells of tear gas to take the situation in control. Clashes were
also reported from Basundhara and Jorpati. At least two persons
were inured in scuffle at Basundhara Chok. About 15 persons were
inured in the clashes at Jorpati.
locals of Kushma bazaar in Parbat
led by Nepali Congress affiliated Tarun Dal demonstrated against
the Maoists protesting against a Maoist attack on a Tarun Dal
member and his family. CPN-UML cadres also participated in the
protest. Reports said that Maoist cadres had attacked Tarun Dal
leader Bishnu Pokhrel and his parents in his residence in the
night of May 5.
Clashes were reported in the Dhankuta
area between the cadres of the YCL and the Youth Force. There
were sporadic clashes in Simikot between the agitating Maoists
and the cadres of the two main ruling parties, NC and CPN-UML
In Bardiya, clashes occurred after
UCPN-Maoist cadres prevented the Chief District Officer from entering
Local administrations of Parbat,
Humla and Dhaunkuta Districts declared curfew orders in the respective
District headquarters to avert further clashes between the agitating
Maoists cadres and those defying the Maoist general strike.
The Unified CPN-Maoist accused
the ruling political parties of trying to incite violence by encouraging
their cadres to defy the Maoist general strike. A meeting of the
Maoist standing committee concluded that the ruling parties are
intent on giving a violent turn to the 'peaceful' demonstrations
and decided to put up tough resistance against those confronting
the agitating party cadres. "We won't attack anybody but if we
are attacked we will give tough answer," Maoist spokesperson Dina
Nath Sharma said after the meeting. The Maoist standing committee's
decision comes amid reports of the cadres of ruling parties, especially
the CPN-UML and Madheshi Janadhikar Forum (Loktantrik), clashing
with the Maoist demonstrators to defy the general strike at different
places. Meanwhile, unconfirmed reports said that UCPN-Maoist have
formed an informal 'flying teams' comprising YCL cadres to take
action against those protesting against or defying the strike.
The said 'flying team' is said to have been given special instruction
by the Maoist leadership to retaliate against those confronting
with party cadres in order to defy the strike called by the party.
The YCL accused the current "puppet"
Government of being engaged in conspiracy to turn the ?peaceful?
demonstration violent by using what it called "vigilante" groups.
In a press statement signed by YCL coordinator Ganesh Man Pun
it said, "YCL Nepal will counter any move by vigilantes to defy
the peaceful demonstration by the protestors." YCL also appealed
to the youths not to become vigilantes falling into the words
of handful of nefarious elements.
With reports of sporadic clashes
between cadres of Youth Force and YCL streaming in from various
parts of the country, CPN-UML chairman Jhala Nath Khanal has appealed
to his party activists not to defy or protest the Maoist called
States called on Maoists to end a strike that has shut down much
of the country; voicing fear that the standoff could spiral into
violence. Robert Blake, the Assistant Secretary of state for South
Asian affairs, encouraged all sides to try to resolve differences
peacefully as hopes fade that Nepal will meet a May
28 deadline to complete a new constitution.
At least eight
cadres of the Unified CPN-Maoist were injured in Lekhnath
of Kaski District when unknown persons opened firing
during a clash between the Maoist cadres and the participants
of the peace rally.
in Kathmandu remained tense as peace demonstrators and the agitating
Maoist cadres clashed. Cadres of the Unified CPN-Maoist hurled
stones to the people at Bhaktapur Bus Park in Bag Bazaar. Clash
ensued after the peace rally participants led by cadres of Youth
Force, the Youth Wing of the CPN-UML pelted stones at the Maoist
cadres. In Patan, a clash took place as participants of a peace
assembly organised at Krishna Temple pelted stones at a vehicle
being used by the Maoists. Clashes are also reported in Tundikhel,Sundhara,
Teku, Kalanki, Pulchowk, New Road and Exhibition Road in Kathmandu.
Unified CPN-Maoist vice chairman
Baburam Bhattarai said his party "will have to find
an alternative to the peaceful agitation". "We will
have to change the ways if the Government continues of ignore
the peaceful protests," he said.
Thousands of cadres
of Unified CPN-Maoist clashed with Riot Police in Kathmandu injuring
several cadres and Police officers. The incident took place when
the Maoist cadres were trying to block the Government offices
Cadres of the
Unified CPN-Maoist attacked and assaulted journalists at Kathmandu during
Cadres Unified CPN-Maoist
padlocked VDC offices of three Districts, Nawalparasi, Rupandehi and Kapilvastu,
under the ?Awadh Madhesh State' on the charge of financial
irregularities. Moti Rijal, Unified CPN-Maoist?s
co-in charge of the Awadh Madhesh State said
they have resorted to the padlocking as the VDC offices were found
turned down a request made by Prime Minister Madhav Kumar
Nepal to immediately come for dialogue to end the political deadlock.
Prime Minister had dispatched a letter to Maoist Chairman Prachanda,
urging him to sit at the talks table. Reacting sharply to the
Prime Minister?s letter, the Maoist Standing Committee meeting
declared it would have no dialogue with the Government unless
the Prime Minister quits.
Chairman of the
MJF Upendra Yadav said Prachanda should come up
with an alternative if he fails to garner support in his bid to
become the next Prime Minister. "He should come up with an alternative
and shun his thinking that he is the only capable candidate," Yadav said.
The Unified CPN-Maoist
deployed YCL cadres for round-the-clock vigilance in the bordering
area near Trinagar customs office in Kailali District to block
what it called the 'import of explosives' in violation of the
Comprehensive Peace Accord (CPA).
Ten parties representing
at the CA demanded that the incumbent coalition Government step
down and pave way for the formation of national consensus Government.
The Unified CPN-Maoist
decided to form a joint front with the political forces that stand
in favour of secularism and national sovereignty.
Madhav Kumar Nepal's political advisor Raghuji Panta said the
Prime Minister is not going to step down until there is an agreement
on integration of Maoist combatants.
Deputy Prime Minister
Sujata Koirala said a Government led by Unified CPN-Maoist is
not possible until the integration and management of the Maoist
combatants is completed.
YCL cadres vacated
Dhamboji Higher Secondary School of Banke District, where they
were staying put for more than a week.
Secretary Posta Bahadur Bogati said his party has not proposed
an alternative candidate for Prime Minister if a new national
unity Government is formed.
Chairman Subash Chandra Nemwang called on Unified CPN-Maoist
Chairman Pushpa Kamal Dahal aka Prachanda at
the latter's residence in Nayabazar in an attempt to resolve the
hindrances seen in constitution drafting.
gathering of the intellectuals at the end of the interaction organised
by Unified CPN-Maoist, Prachanda said the critical issues
behind delay in forging consensus is the concrete number of combatants
that other parties have been demanding for integration.
that the merger of the PLA is possible within four months.
The major coalition
allies?Nepali Congress (NC) and CPN-UML?said discussions on the
new national Government can be made if the Unified CPN-Maoist
fulfils the past agreements.
The Security Council
renewed the mandate of the UNMIN until September 15, 2010,
in line with a request from the Government, stressing that arrangement
should immediately be made for withdrawal of the mission by that
A teenage girl
cadre of the Unified CPN-Maoist, Guma Mishra (16) from Ghyalchowk
VDC of Gorkha District, who had reportedly left her home one month
ago to participate in the Unified CPN-Maoist agitation in Kathmandu,
has been missing.
A joint team of
the Nepal Police and Armed Police Force (AFP) recovered a huge
cache of arms from New Baba temple in Ward No 3 of Trikol VDC
in Saptari District.
Madhav Kumar Nepal said that he still hasn't seen any notable
improvement in the violent nature of the Maoists and that because
of this they can't be trusted.
Deputy Prime Minister
and Foreign Minister Sujata Koirala said that there would be no
alternative left but to dissolve the CA if the Unified CPN-Maoist
is not sincere towards the important task of constitution writing.
Chief of UNMIN,
Karin Landgren, met Unified CPN-Maoist chairman Prachanda at the
latter's Nayabazaar residence, and reportedly expressed doubt
that given the widening differences between the parties, the integration
and rehabilitation of the Maoist combatants will complete within
the four months of UNMIN's renewed tenure.
The Unified CPN-Maoist
boycotted the meeting of the Special Committee on supervision,
integration and rehabilitation of the Maoist combatants.
(NC) acting president Sushil Koirala met Unified CPN-Maoist chairman
Prachanda at the latter's residence in Nayabazaar and discussed
issues related to army integration and extension of CA term.
The Unified CPN-Maoist,
agitating for a national unity Government under its leadership,
decided on to ?promulgate? the constitution drafted by the party
from the street on May 29, if a consensus is not forged to fulfil
its demand before the CA term expires on May 28.
A central committee
meeting of the CPN-UML that started on May 15 decided to call
back Prime Minister Madhav Kumar Nepal from his position to make
way for a national unity Government if and when the Unified CPN-Maoist
agrees on other conditions particularly the ones related to army
cadres are said to be demanding donation from local activists
of Nepali Congress, CPN-UML including businessmen in Kavre District
saying that they didn't participate in the indefinite general
strike called by their party a little over a week ago.
Chairman of Rastriya
Prajatantra Party-Nepal (RPP-N) Kamal Thapa addressing his party
function in Kathmandu, vowed not to let Nepal transform into a
secular State. RPP-N is mulling to start its campaign for revival
of the monarchy from May 23 if the current crisis continues.
tabled a bill in the Parliament for amendment in the Interim Constitution
proposing to extend the term of the Constituent Assembly by one
leaders interacted with ambassadors from various countries in
Kathmandu in a bid to garner support for a national unity Government
in their leadership. Maoist chairman Prachanda reiterated his
party's two conditions, constitution amendment for consensual
system and formation of national unity government, to support
the CA term extension.
One militant was
killed in a fire exchange with Police nearby National Medical
College in Birgunj in Parsa District. The Police, meanwhile, claimed
that they have recovered a set of pistol, two sets of socket bomb
and other weapons from the incident site.
At least six CPN-UML
leaders and cadres were injured when Unified CPN-Maoist cadres
indiscriminately attacked a gathering of CPN-UML in the Bafikot
VDC of Rukum District.
A woman was injured
as unidentified men exploded a socket bomb at the main market
at Kalaiya, the headquarters of Bara District.
Minister for Information
and Communication Shanker Pokharel claimed that there is no obligation
to promulgate the constitution within May 28 deadline as the people
have not given such a mandate. He stressed, "It won't be
a stateless situation after May 28."
Madhav Kumar Nepal said there can be no consensus without first
fixing the number of Unified CPN-Maoist former combatants into
the Army and other security agencies.
meeting between the Nepali Congress and Unified CPN-Maoist leaders
on resolving the existing impasse the Maoist chairman Prachanda
reiterated that his party stand for resignation of Prime Minister
Madhav Kumar Nepal and amendment of the interim constitution reviving
consensus system while forming a government.
Peace and Reconstruction
Minister Rakam Chemjong said that integration and rehabilitation
of the Maoist combatants is not going to start unless there is
a political agreement on the number of those to be integrated.
at the 1st PLA division in Chulachuli received their salaries
on individual basis for the first time.
differences with the Unified CPN-Maoist on CA term extension,
the MJF has pulled out of its alliance with the former.
13 fringe parties
in the CA have concluded that hegemony of the three major parties
? Unified CPN-Maoist, Nepali Congress and CPN-UML - is behind
the current political deadlock and the failure to draft the new
constitution on time.
chairman Prachanda clarified that his party is not going to declare
what it calls the people's constitution from the streets on May
29 if the Constituent Assembly gets dissolved.
Unified CPN-Maoist warned that if the CA?s term is not extended
after forging political consensus by May 28, then parallel Governments
will be formed by various groups and communities. He, however,
didn't clarify as to whether those parallel governments will be
of the autonomous.
Unified CPN-Maoist activists including five state committee members
defected from the party to form their own party, CPN-Revolutionary.
Cadres of the
Unified CPN-Maoist severely assaulted two activists of the Nepali
Congress, Binit Khadka (22) and Pradeep Bhandari (29) of Satbariya-8,
in Dang. Police arrested a cadre of YCL in connection with the
attack and have started investigation, said Police Inspector Hari
seized about 60 hectares of private land in the Rajapur Tappu
region in Bardiya District. Around 70 people took control of the
land by hoisting Maoist party flags.
Madhav Kumar Nepal ruled out the possibility of political compromise
with the Maoists unless there is an agreement on the number of
Maoist combatants to be integrated in the State's security agencies.
cadres of Akhil Terai Mukti Morcha (ATMM), surrendered before
the Government along with weapons. Some 150 ATMM cadres including
its chairman Bibek Chaudhary surrendered, handing over their arms
to the authorities in Birgunj at the presence of Peace and Reconstruction
minister Rakam Chemjong.
The MJF publicly
paraded its trained combatant squad, Madheshi Raksha Dal (MRD),
in Bara District.
a senior leader, Udaya Narayan Yadav alias Amitabh, of JTMM-G
from Janakpur District. According to Superintendent of Police,
Sarbendra Khanal, Yadav was arrested along with a sophisticated
gun and it?s magazine.
Court made a ruling for the extension of the term of CA that is
due to expire on May 28. Hearing the writ petition filed against
the extension of the CA term, a joint bench of Justices Khila
Raj Regmi and Krishna Prasad Upadhyay ruled that there is no need
of interim order to extend the CA term.
CPN-Maoist registered a notice of disapproval against the constitution
amendment bill, which has been tabled at the Legislature-Parliament
for the extension of CA term. Maoist lawmakers Dev Prasad Gurung
and Ekaraj Bhandari registered the notice at the Parliamentary
Protesting a hike
in fees in the Tribhuvan University Bachelors? second and third
year, activists of the Unified CPN-Maoist-affiliated ANNISU-R
set ablaze the chair of the Ratna Rajya Campus chief in Kathmandu.
The cadres of
the Unified CPN-Maoist announced indefinite closure of all
academic institutions in Okhaldhunga District from May 25 to protest
an alleged attack on their colleagues two weeks ago.
The NC Central
Member Ram Sharan Mahat accused the Unified CPN-Maoist of planning
for a war again.
said it is in favour of extension of the term of the Constituent
Assembly, but political consensus is a must before the term extension.
The crucial meeting
of the big three parties Unified CPN-Maoist CPN-UML and NC
ended without any substantial outcome.
Chairman Subash Nemwang has said that the Parliament, CA and the
Government will automatically be dissolved if CA's tenure is not
extended by midday of May 28.
The meeting of the three major
parties - Unified CPN-Maoist, CPN-UML and NC - failed to forge
a consensus just two days before the Constituent Assembly term
Prime Minister Madhav Kumar Nepal
has urged the leaders of Unified CPN-Maoist not to make the issue
of CA extension a bargaining tool.
decided not to go for extension of the Constituent Assembly under
the existing circumstances.
Prime Minister Madhav Kumar Nepal said
that any term and condition set to extend the CA's tenure would
not be acceptable to him.
allegedly assaulted three NC activists at Shreebhanjhyang in Lamjung
bomb exploded on the southern face of heavily-guarded Constituent
Assembly building at Kathmandu as the political parties
and CA members were busy holding talks to extend the tenure of
the supreme body tasked with drafting the statute. No damage or
casualties were reported.
The big three
parties, Unified CPN-Maoist, CPN-UML and NC finally agreed
to extend the CA term by one year.
The Unified CPN-Maoist,
as per the party?s earlier announcement, made public ?people?s
constitution? amid a mass gathering at Khula Manch in
Forces detained one PLA cadre, Sherbahadur Pun, along with
a UNMIN-verified weapon in Baglung District.
started selling the seized property instead of returning to the
Assembly (CA) secretariat has prepared a revised calendar of events
for writing the constitution with a plan to promulgate new constitution
on February 26, 2011, three months before the CA term expires.
(35), a cadre of the Unified CPN-Maoist and Secretary of the Unified
CPN-Maoist?s Awadh State Committee, was shot dead in Rupandehi
District. JTMM Party has taken the responsibility of the murder.
of different political party urged the three major parties?the
Unified CPN-Maoist, the NC and the CPN-UML?not to interpret the
three-point accord reached among them on May 28 from their own
point of view. The lawmakers also urged the Prime Minister to
resign within five days so as to pave the way for the formation
of a national unity Government.
Jhala Nath Khanal has said that the issues connected with the
peace process needs to be addressed first prior to the resignation
of Prime Minister Madhav Kumar Nepal as demanded by the main opposition
Unified CPN-Maoist. By this Khanal was clearly referring to Maoists
agreeing to come up with a fixed number of combatants to be integrated
into the security agencies including their commitment to return
seized properties and dismantle the paramilitary structure of
their youth wing, the YCL.
vice-chairman Baburam Bhattarai has expressed confidence that
Prime Minster Madhav Kumar Nepal will resign as agreed upon during
the tri-partite meeting held May 28 for the extension of Constituent
a socket bomb at Murkuchi bazaar in Udaypur District . The outfit
exploded the bomb nearby the Murkuchi Chamber of Commerce and
Industries at Rauta-9 demanding ethnic Government, police informed.
However, no human casualties have been reported so far.
Madhav Kumar Nepal has said that based upon remarks made by Maoist
leaders that missing Dr Bhaktaman Shrestha is 'safe', he could
well have been abducted by the Maoists. He also assured the Yuva
Sang Nepal activists that the Government will leave no stone unturned
to located the missing doctor. Yuva Sang Nepal?s President Mahesh
Basnet claimed that Maoists were behind the abduction of Dr Shrestha.
The CPN-UML concluded
that Prime Minister Madhav Kumar Nepal does not have to quit unless
the parties arrive at a consensus on implementation of the past
agreements on peace process and constitution-writing.
commander of the PLA Prakash Khatri joined the Matrika-led CPN-Maoist.
Along with Khatri, five Unified CPN-Maoist cadres joined the Matrika-led
Maoist party. An active cadre of the PLA since 2004, Khatri, company
commander of the Badaipur-based Lisnegram Brigade, said, "I
left the People?s Liberation Army as it has deviated from the
CPN-Maoist imposed a bandh in Rupandehi District to protest the
killing of one of its cadres on May 31.
CPN-Maoist blamed the Prime Minister for deceiving the nation
and people without tendering his resignation as per the three
point pact reached among the big three parties. The Maoist Standing
Committee meeting held in party headquarters at Paris Danda, Kathmandu,
concluded that NC and CPN-UML had agreed that the PM would resign
within five days after the extension of the CA and therefore have
cheated the nation without implementing the pact.
of Unified CPN-Maoist Mohan Baidya said that his party would not
continue to push for the Prime Minister Madhav Kumar Nepal's resignation
in the future as NC and CPN-UML shattered the gentleman's agreements
of May 28.
Minister Bijay Kumar Gachhadhar accused the Unified CPN-Maoists
of not being serious enough to implement the previous agreement
including May 28 three-point deal that led to the extension of
the Constituent Assembly.
A meeting of
ruling coalition partners ? NC and CPN-UML ?expressed regret over
Unified CPN-Maoist unwillingness to address peace and new constitution
concerns. The meeting of the senior leaders, convened at the official
residence of Prime Minister Madhav Kumar Nepal concluded that
the Unified CPN-Maoist violated the three-point pact of May 28
by sidelining the issues of peace and new constitution.
working under the Ministry of Peace and Reconstruction for the
rehabilitation of UNMIN-disqualified Maoist combatants has found
that up to 1,400 of the disqualified fighters are out of contact
with the committee, according to officials of the ministry. The
first review meeting of the Directive Committee for Rehabilitation
of Disqualified Combatants found that of the total 2,396 disqualified
combatants, 1,400 did not get in touch with the committee since
they were discharged in the first week of January, 2010.
of Unified CPN Maoist lawmaker Shiva Chandra Kushwa, was assaulted
by the locals of Nijgad of Bara District. The bodyguard was assaulted
after he wielded his pistol to shoo away the locals who tried
to take the lawmaker's vehicle in control to search for Brijkishor,
a Maoist cadre, close to Kushwa.
Peace and Reconstruction Rakam Chemjong charged that the Unified
CPN-Maoist is not interested to take ahead the integration and
rehabilitation of its combatants.
paraded a cadre of the JMM-N identified as Dev Raj Lama alias Bishwo
Kranti, involved in bomb explosions across the country. Earlier
this week, Police arrested Lama for extortion from one Laku Sherpa
of Tinchule in Kathmandu.
of HPP, Bishnu Kumar Parsai, issuing a press statement
has charged the Unified CPN- Maoist for Doctor
was triggered in a car in front of Ishan Nursing Home
at Basundhara in Kathmandu leaving four persons injured.
Chairman Pushpa Kamal Dahal alias Prachanda has
said that the main obstruction for the implementation of the recent
three-point deal was not NC or CPN-UML, but "foreign forces".
YF has accused Unified CPN-Maoist of abducting Dr. Bhaktaman Shrestha,
Executive Director of BP Koirala Memorial Cancer Hospital.
gang killed Kar Bahadur Budha, YCL?s Surkhet District
member, at Dashrathpur Village Development Committee-2.
The Unified CPN-Maoist
vice-chairman Baburam Bhattarai accused the Government
of not being serious regarding integration and rehabilitation
of Maoist combatants languishing in UN-monitored cantonments.
The NC and CPN-UML
have softened their stance to form consensus Government and are
now focusing on persuading Unified CPN-Maoist to detach itself
from PLA combatants.
A special intelligence
squad of Nepal Police arrested a person, Bishnu Shah,
the latest monthly update by United Nations Office for the Coordination
of Humanitarian Affairs-Nepal (OCHA), security situation in the
country, especially parts of the Tarai, is worsening.
Civil Aviation Minister Sharad Singh Bhandari
said that Prime Minister Madhav Kumar Nepal will
not resign unless there is a "guarantee" for the formation of
a national consensus Government and an agreement is made with
the Maoists on key issues.
and its sister wings threatened to launch a protest if the ongoing
work on Detailed Project Report of Saptakoshi High-Dam
Multipurpose Project did not stop.
Congress Vice President Prakashman Singh said that establishment
of peace and rehabilitation of Maoist combatants were top priorities
of his party.
arrested two cadres of the Rajan Mukti-led Janatantrik Tarai Mukti Morcha,
identified as Bishwas Mukti aka Dipu Singh
and Sanjeev Jha of Madai, Mahottari District,
with two guns and five bullets near the Janakpur Zonal Hospital.
Cadres of the
Unified CPN-Maoist ?seized? 50 sacks of chemical fertilizers
in Basantapur market located on the border of Dhankuta
and Tehrathum Districts.
MJF Chairman Upendra Yadav said that the country requires a Prime
Minister who can be accepted unanimously by all the political
The NC ruled
out any possibility of Unified CPN-Maoist?s Chairman Pushpa Kamal
Dahal alias Prachanda becoming the country's
next Prime Minister as proposed by the Maoists' Standing Committee
employee, identified as Shiva Narayan Bhandari, office assistant
at District Development Committee, Dhanusha District, was shot
dead by the cadres of Rajan Mukti led JTMM-R.
a huge amount of explosives from a house at Basundhara in Kathmandu.
Cadres of the
JTMM led by Rajan Mukti shot dead one person, identified as Raj
Kumar Panjiyar, in Janakpur.
The plan to
declare a para-military youth squad of some NC leaders, including
Sher Bahadur Deuba and Khum Bahadur Khadka, was averted due to
the intervention of acting president Sushil Koirala.
of the YCL intervened and assaulted people in a guardians? meeting
at Mahendra Higher Secondary School in Nuwakot District arbitrarily
constituting the school management committee.
diffused a bomb in front of a house owned by Dani Prasad Chaudary
in Triyuga Municipality of Udayapur District.
The main accused
in the Basundhara (Kathmandu) car explosion on June 7, Bishnu
Shah, revealed there were plans for a serial blast in various
places of Kathmandu, including Bhatbhateni Supermarket, United
World Trade Centre and Hotel Shangrila had the Basundhara plan
by the Unified CPN-Maoist insurgency have demanded unconditional
return of their properties seized by Maoists during the insurgency
of the Matrika led-CPN-Maoist smeared black on the face of the
chief of District land registration office Bara.
one of the eastern hilly districts, the cadres of the Unified
CPN-Maoist forced Police officials to leave their posts.
of the Unified CPN-Maoist, Pushpa Kamal Dahal aka Prachanda, revealed
that he was forced to resign from the post of Prime Minister as
he tried to find the condition and whereabouts of the people forcibly
disappeared by the state during the decade long Maoist insurgency.
of the Unified CPN-Maoist, Pushpa Kamal Dahal alias Prachanda
claimed that the chances of reaching an agreement with the parties
was slim and the party should prepare for a peaceful movement.
A meeting held
between the cadres of the local administration and the Unified
CPN-Maoist agreed not to remove the police post located at Nangin
Village Development Committee (VDC) of Panchthar District.
bearers of the Unified CPN-Maoist are divided on the party?s future
strategy, formation of a national unity Government and Chairman
Pushpa Kamal Dahal aka Prachanda?s alternative to lead it.
States (US) has warned its citizens not to travel to Nepal after
months of street protests and political turmoil.
CPN-Maoist Chairman Pushpa Kamal Dahal alias Prachanda
said that the party will wage a "final struggle" to ensure new
constitution and peace in the country.
CPN-Maoist vice-chairman Baburam Bhattarai has reiterated the
importance of forming a national consensus Government in order
to protect the achievements of "people?s war and people?s movement".
Secretary of the CPN-UML said that the Prime Minister Madhav Kumar
Nepal will resign soon even if the national consensus is not forged.
CPN-UML leaders have advised Prime Minister Madhav Kumar Nepal
not to step down despite growing pressure on him to do so.
member Khum Bahadur Khadka said in dang District that the proposal
for the formation of Tarun Dasta (Youth Force) will be tabled
in the upcoming 12th general convention of the party.
The Unified CPN-Maoist
chairman Pushpa Kamal Dahal alias Prachanda warned that
the country would plunge into a deeper crisis if the parties failed
to implement the three-point May 28 agreement honestly.
the leaders of the NC and CPN-UML to be honest regarding the implementation
of the recent three-point agreement.
The NC acting
President Sushil Koirala ruled out the possibility of forming
a national consensus Government before the Unified CPN-Maoist
was ready to agree on a calendar of operation for managing its
combatants camped in cantonments.
CPN-Maoist said it will not accept the Government policies and
programmes and the budget for the fiscal year 2010/11 until Prime
Minister Madhav Kumar Nepal clears the way for the formation of
a national consensus Government under the party's leadership.
members of Unified CPN-Maoist urged the party's top brass to centralise
the leadership based on ideology.
the Constituent Assembly Subas Nembang urged the major parties
in Kathmandu to forge an agreement immediately over the issue
of the army integration and management.
Cadres of Matrika
led CPN-Maoist attempted to smear tar to Mankeswor Thakur, engineer,
District Development Committee (DDC) in Birgunj District.
CPN-Maoist on reiterated that the formation of new Government
in its leadership is the only option to solve the present political
crisis in the country.
A special intelligence
squad of Nepal Police arrested and detained seven Maoist combatants
from PLA Third Division of Shaktikhor in Chitwan District from
a cafe in Durbarmarg.
States (US) Embassy in Kathmandu granted visa to four Unified
CPN-Maoist leaders to take part in a Boston seminar in which leaders
of the NC and the CPN-UML and other parties are also participating.
The NC and
the CPN-UML decided to hold a three-party meeting within two days
to immediately implement the May 28 three-point agreement, which,
if implemented, could pave the way for the formation of a national
meeting of the Unified CPN-Maoist earlier scheduled for June 24
has been postponed for June 25.
seven Unified CPN-Maoist combatants, including two disqualified
from a Durbar Marg-based café in capital Kathmandu, with
One of the
senior leaders of the Unified CPN-Maoist, Janardhan Sharma, said
that the YCL cadres should be deployed in every Village Development
Committees (VDC) of the country by setting up branches in order
to engage them in "development works".
Chief of the
youth wing of the Vishwa Hindu Mahasangh, Kashi Tiwari, was shot
dead by assailants in Birgunj. Tiwari had led a group of Hindu
volunteers to disrupt the Unified CPN-Maoist-organised bandh (general
shut down) in the first week of May in his area.
of the Unified CPN-Maoist assaulted and injured two NC party activists.
The NC accused
the YCL of assaulting three of its party cadres in the Gorkha
District on June 26 & 27.
CPN-Maoist cadre, identified as Ishwor Das Yadav, was found dead
weeks after going missing in Deukhuri of Dang District.
arrested a local leader of Unified CPN-Maoist, Jalim Miya, from
Birgunj in connection with the murder of president of Hindu Rastriya
Yuva Sangh, Kashiram Tiwari.
has decided to express solidarity with the CPI-Maoist. The UCPN-M
said it would "raise its voice against the suppression of
the people in India and different countries".
Police started to
demolish a building that houses the office of the YCL in the Teku
area of Kathmandu. Police said they were compelled to destroy
the house belonging to one local Shashi Shrestha after the cadres
of YCL allegedly reoccupied his house even after they were evicted
from there earlier.
at Gorkha beefed up security in the District following the series
of attacks by the YCL on Nepali Congress (NC) activists. YCL men
have been assaulting NC activists in the District over a dispute
on the appointment of the management committee at Ghyampesal-based
Dullav Higher Secondary School since the past three days.
said it will not allow the upcoming budget session of the Parliament
to run normally as long as the Government does not step down.
A meeting of the party's standing committee the Government has
been relegated to a 'caretaker' position after the three-party
pact of May 28 and that it does not have the authority to present
Secretary of VDC
Chandra Bahadur Shrestha of Doti was found dead in mysterious
circumstances at Banlek VDC-2, Saugada. Whether Shrestha was murdered
or died a natural death is not known. However, a few days ago,
a previously unknown underground ethnic front ?Samyukta Jatiya
Mukti Morcha? (SJMM) had sent a letter to the VDC secretaries
in the District asking for their resignation.
A Nepali Congress
(NC) cadre Kittu Yadav (34) close to party leader Khum Bahadur
Khadka was shot at by an unidentified group in Gulariya, the District
headquarters of Bardiya. Yadav claimed, the assailants were UCPN-Maoist
cadres and had fired him with an intention to kill.
Cadres of the YCL
clashed with the Police when the latter tried to evacuate a building
they had forcefully occupied at Teku in Kathmandu.
Secretaries of VDCs
in Parbat and Dolakha Districts resigned en masse owing
to insecurity following threats from a previously unknown outfit
SJMM. All 55 VDC secretaries in Parbat submitted their joint resignation
letter to the local development officer on Tuesday, reports said.
They said they were asked by the group to quit immediately. Likewise,
the same group has issued similar threats to VDC secretaries of
Dolakha District. Secretaries of 21 out of 51 VDCs in the District
handed over a joint resignation letter to local development officer
Shankar Bahadur Thapa. In the past couple of weeks, VDC secretaries
of a number of Districts including Myagdi, Banke and Dhading resigned
en masse citing lack of security.
reports that Indian missions in Bangladesh and Nepal are under
threat from a possible terror attack from Pakistani terrorist
Prime Minister (PM)
Madhav Kumar Nepal tendered his resignation before President Ram
Baran Yadav in the evening. Earlier, in the day, saying that he
no longer wishes to see the country remain "hostage to indecision",
PM Nepal had announced his resignation through a televised message
to the nation. After making the announcement, PM Nepal said he
hoped his resignation will mark an end to the longstanding political
deadlock and all other problems facing the country, as the UCPN-Maoist
have been saying.
hailed the resignation of the Prime Minister saying the resignation
had paved way for political consensus to end the political deadlock
in the country.
A journalist, Keshav
Bohara, working with Radio Mandavi in Pyuthan was allegedly
abducted by UCPN-Maoist cadres reportedly over a news item he
President Ram Baran Yadav called
upon the political parties represented in the Constituent Assembly
(CA) to form a ?consensus government ?by July 7. In a letter sent
to the Parliament Secretariat, the President's Office said the
process to form a ?consensus government? as per the Article 38
(1) of the Interim Constitution should be immediately started.
decided to strive for a "national unity government" led by the
party with chairman Pushpa Kamal Dahal aka Prachanda as
the Prime Minister. However, Nepali Congress parliamentary party
leader Ram Chandra Poudel said that it is his party's turn to
lead a new Government.
asked CPN-UML to support for a national consensus Government under
the leadership saying UCPN-Maoist is the largest party in the
held a joint meeting with 11 smaller parties including MJF in
its a bid to win their support for a Maoist-led Government.
The cadres of Matrika led CPN-Maoist
smeared black soot on the face of Director General of Department
of Forest Madhav Acharya. They smeared soot on Acharya's face
accusing him of involvement in illegal deforestation that has
become rampant in various Terai Districts in the recent days.
The Unified CPN-Maoist cadres
threatened a former child soldier who spoke about her involvement
and experience in the Maoist Army at United Nations Security Council
in June 2010.
cadres led by Matrika Yadav smeared black soot on the face of
Director General of Department of Forest Madhav Acharya, accusing
him of involvement in illegal deforestation that has become rampant
in various Terai Districts in the recent days.
cadres threatened a former child soldier who spoke about her involvement
and experience in the Maoist Army at United Nations Security Council
in June 2010.
A powerful explosion was triggered
at a VDC office in Saptari injuring two persons and causing minor
damage to the office. Reports quoted Police as saying that one
of many Terai armed groups active in the District was responsible
for detonating the bomb at the VDC office in Goithi, but failed
to name the group.
Police recovered a large amount
of explosives from the house of a leader of SJMM, an underground
outfit which has been threatening VDC secretaries across the country
and forcing them to resign.
Top leaders of the three major
parties - Unified CPN-Maoist, NC and CPN-UML - have agreed to
give themselves five more days to form a "national consensus government".
An IED exploded in front of the
CA building at the International Conference Center (ICC), New
Baneshwor of Kathmandu. No human casualty, injuries
or damage to public property was reported. Leaflets belonging
to a previously unheard Dynamic Youth Forum was found at the site
of the explosion.
A meeting between the top
leaders of the three parties - Maoist Chairman Pushpa Kamal Dahal,
NC Vice-Chairman and Paraliamentary Party leader Ram
Chandra Poudel and CPN-UML Chairman Jhala Nath Khanal-
at the parliamentary secretariat, Singha Durbar (parliament)
reached to a decision to this effect. The leaders decided to formally
request President Dr Ram Baran Yadav to extend the July
7 deadline he had set for the formation of the consensus Government
by five more days.
SJTMM cadres shot dead a worker,
identified as Gyan Bahadur Sunar, of a crusher
factory in Kapilvastu District.
A low intensity bomb went off
in front of the western gate of the CA building in New Baneshwor. The
Unified CPN-Maoist, NC and CPN-UML parliamentary meetings were
going on when the bomb exploded.
The District in charge of the
SJMMN Kul Prasad Bhattarai was arrested
along with weapons in Nawalparasi District from Dauune Bazar on
July 5 it was reported. Police captured a USA-made pistol, two
rounds of bullets and a magazine from him.
Unified CPN-Maoist is preparing
to propose a plan for integration of its combatants into the security
agencies if NC and CPN-UML assure them of leadership of the unity
Government. Maoist chairman Pushpa Kamal Dahal told
leaders of other political parties at the meeting of 25 political
parties represented in the Constituent Assembly on July 6 that
his party would present a plan for integration at a meeting of
the task-force of the three parties formed earlier to work out
the points of consensus.
A senior of Unified CPN-Maoist
leader, C.P. Gajurel claimed that both NC and CPN-UML are actually
not in favor of a "consensus Government", but are engaged
in efforts to form majority Government under their leadership.
An unidentified gang stabbed a
CPN-UML leader, identified as Chabilal Karki, 43, to
death at Thulachhap of Okhaldhunga District.
The deceased was identified as CPN-UML central leader and
council member. Karki was stabbed to death while having
dinner in a hotel.
The UNMIN has prepared a "non-paper"
proposing a 60-week time plan for the integration and rehabilitation
of Maoist combatants.
The Unified CPN-Maoist leaders
held consultations with leaders of Madhesh based parties
at the parliamentary party office of TMLP in Singha Durbar
(Parliament). At the meeting, Maoist leaders
urged Madhesh based parties to support them to form
the next Government.
The CPN-UML leader Pradeep Gyawali has
claimed that Unified CPN-Maoist-led national consensus Government
is impossible even if it publicises a clear working
schedule for the integration of its combatants. Talking
to Radio Kantipur Gyawali added that the
environment of trust with the main opposition party Maoist is
not possible until it fully implements the past pacts including
the integration process.
The UCPN-Maoist denied the allegation
of its involvement in the murder of CPN-UML leader Chabilal Karki,
who was killed on July 8 in Okhaldhunga. Following an accusation
from District-based CPN-UML activists that the Maoist cadre
attacked Karki, Maoist Spokesperson Dinanath Sharma
and District-in-Charge Balkrishna Sharma issued separate
press statement and refuted their party's connection in the murder.
The Unified CPN-Maoist finalised
the 6-point action plan for integration and rehabilitation of
the PLA combatants. A meeting of the Maoist office bearers held
at party's headquarters in Parisdanda, Koteshwor finalised
the action plan following a serious discussion on it, according
to Maoist party secretary C.P Gajurel.
A senior Unified CPN-Maoist
leader dismissed the conditions put forth by the NC and the CPN-UML
that they would support the Maoists to lead a consensus Government
only after there is an agreement on the number of their combatants
to be integrated into the security agencies.
The NC voiced strong reservation
over the Unified CPN-Maoist policy paper on integration and rehabilitation
of Maoist combatants saying that the proposal is against the past
pacts and understandings.
Matrika led CPN-Maoist
reiterated to continue its action against the "corrupt"
officials across the country if the Government fails to take action
that the UCPN-M?s PLA Division Commander Kali Bahadur Kham alias Bibidh and
some other cadres are involved in illegal trade of the medicinal
herb yarchagumba (cordyceps sinensis).
The meeting of
the major three parties ? UCPN-M, NC and CPN-UML failed to finalise
the timeframe for constitution writing.
UCPN-M asked NC
and CPN-UML to come clean on the issue of integration and rehabilitation
of Maoist combatants.
of the UCPN-M, Dina Nath Sharma said that the UCPN-M is ready
to give up the claim over the Government leadership if the peace
and the constitution are guaranteed.
parliament is set to elect the new Prime Minister on July 21.
Parliamentary Business Advisory Committee on set the date for
the Prime Minister's election.
of the UCPN-M identified as Bishnu Neupane and Chandra Bahadur
Bohara of Krishnasen Smriti Brigade, were mysteriously found dead,
outside the camp, in Rupandehi District. The deceased duo had
gone out of contact since 12 p.m. on July 14.
Two women have
been wounded when an IED left on a roadside field in Birgunj of
Parsa District exploded.
A faction in UCPN-M
led by vice-chairman Babu Ram Bhattarai is demanding the party?s
standing committee meeting immediately take a fresh decision on
the formation of a national consensus Government, especially about
the prime ministerial berth.
a socket bomb in Nuwakot District to press the VDC secretaries
to resign. The bomb was planted in the corner of a road at Chautaro
in Bidur Municipality-2.
has urged UCPN-M to handover its central committee member and
division commander of its PLA Kali Bahadur Kham, accused of involvement
in looting Chinese businessman, illegal trade of Yarsha Gumba
and murdering businessman Ram Hari Shrestha to Police.
The UCPN-M Vice
Chairman Baburam Bhattarai said that the Maoist revolution will
continue until the establishment of "people?s state". He claimed
that the path of revolution is moving ahead peacefully.
As sought by the
UCPN-M on July 13, coalition partners ? the NC and CPN-UML ? have
prepared a joint proposal for national consensus.
All four Madheshi parties, MJF, MJFL,
TMLP and SP agreed to reactivate their
past alliance and form a common position during the new Government
The UCPN-M consulted
with leaders of Madhesh-based parties and some fringe parties
in the CA to seek support for a Maoist-led Government.
The CPN-UML decided
to name its Prime Ministerial candidate for a new Government. UML?s Standing
Committee meeting, held at the party central office in Balku, Kathmandu took
a decision to this effect.
The Madhesh Loktantrik Morcha
(MLM) has hinted at joining the Government under the UCPN-M leadership
if the latter agrees to address the issues of Madhesh. The MLM floated
its condition to the Maoists during its meeting with the Maoists
at Singha Durbar (Parliament).
Siraha District leader of the
UCPN-M identified as Salim Khan, 35, was shot dead by an unidentified
group. No arrest has been made so far.
The leaders of the UCPN-M have
come up with conflicting views on political issue. While one of
the Vice Chairmen, Narayan Kaji Shrestha, said the Maoists would
back CPN-UML Chairman Jhala Nath Khanal for the post of Prime
Minister if the party failed to garner enough support to lead
the Government by July 21, Baburam Bhattarai, another Vice Chairman
of the party said the party was yet to take a decision to that
UCPN-M postponed its important
politburo meeting - expected to take a final call on whether to
forward a candidate from the party or support the CPN-UML candidate
at the election to the post of Prime Minister stipulated for July
21- called for 9am of July 20 to 11am, waiting for the CPN-UML
PLA Commander Nand Kishor Pun
Pasang said that PLA?s Fifth Division ?Commander? Kali Bahadur
Kham alias ?Bibidh?, who was dragged for his alleged involvement
in illegal trade and robbery, is in constant touch with the party.
Police arrested vice president
of the FSU in Sanothimi Campus in Bhaktapur District and ANNISU-R
District leader Tulasi KC on the charge of murder attempt.
Three major political parties?UCPN-M,
NC and CPN-UML filed their own candidature in the Parliament secretariat.
Maoist Chairman Pushpa Kamal Dahal aka Prachanda filed his nomination
for the election of the Prime Minister. From CPN-UML side its
Chairman Jhalanath Khanal filed his candidacy. And for NC vice
chairman and parliamentary party leader Ram Chandra Poudel filed
his nomination. However, the United Democratic Madheshi Front,
an alliance of Madhesh-based parties, has decided not to file
for a nomination.
The political parties failed to
pick a new Prime Minister as none of the contenders succeeded
in securing a clear majority in the voting held in the legislative
session of the Constituent Assembly at the CA hall in New Baneswar
in capital Kathmandu.
Police resorted to baton charge
after agitating UCPN-M aligned ANTUF picketed Kiran Shoes Manufacturing
Industries in Kathmandu. Maoists have shut the industry for the
last 28 days demanding permanent status for employees who have
worked for more than 240 days, implementation of earlier agreements
and withdrawal of disciplinary action against employees.
Constituent Assembly conducted
voting on the nominations of the UCPN-M and Nepali Congress NC
in which neither of them could garner a simple majority while
the CPN-UML nominator withdrew his party?s candidature at the
The legislature-Parliament will
conduct the run off election on July 23 to settle the contention
of finding a new Prime Minister.
The Constituent Assmbly rejected
UCPN-M chairman Pushpa Kamal Dahal's name for the new Prime minister.
Announcing the results of the election. The CA Chairman, Subash
Nembang said that 140 votes were cast against him. However, 236
lawmakers preferred staying neutral. As the proposal to elect
Dahal could not garner the majority votes, the Speaker announced
that it was rejected as per the constitutional provisions.
A bandh called by JTMM affected
life in Mahottari District. JTMM called the day-long "Madhesh
bandh", hitting hard the District's public transportation services
with no vehicles plying in the roads in the District. JTMM said
it called the bandh in memory of its leader Abhinash Mukti who
was killed by security forces a year ago.
The UCPN-M has decided to support
CPN-UML conditionally chairman Jhala Nath Khanal at the elections
for the post of Prime Minister. A meeting of the party office-bearers
held at party headquarters in Kathmandu decided to support Khanal
if UML can secure a two-third majority at the Parliament.
A meeting of United Democratic
Madheshi Front, resurrected by the four Madhesh based parties
MJF, MJFL, TMLP and the SP decided to list their conditions to
lend their support to the candidates for the post of the Prime
Minister in the runoff election.
None of the two contenders of
the Prime Ministerial post?UCPN-M Chairman Pushpa Kamal Dahal
and NC Parliamentary Party Leader Ramchandra Poudel?could secure
the required 300 votes in the runoff election.
The Business Advisory Committee
comprising representatives of 25 parties in the Constituent Assembly
(CA) will fix a new date for run-off elections if the polling
yields no result, said CA Chairman Subash Nembang .
The UCPN-M chairman and the party's
prime ministerial candidate Pushpa Kamal Dahal aka Prachanda held
a series of meetings of the fringe parties in bid to win their
support for him in the run-off voting to be conducted. Prachanda
was to meet the leaders of Madheshi parties, but the meeting could
not take place with the Madheshi leaders remaining busy in a discussion
to work out a common strategy.
Maoist Chairman Dahal garnered
241 votes in his favour, and 113 votes were cast against him while
218 lawmakers stayed away from the voting. Out of 599, altogether
572 lawmakers were present at today's House session. Like wise,
the proposal to elected Poudel as PM garnered only 123 votes,
241 votes were against him and 214 lawmakers remained neutral.
The Parliament had decided to hold the re-election after none
of the contestants vying for the prime minister's post could not
muster the required clear majority (300 votes) on July 21 election,
while the CPN-UML candidate Jhalanath Khanal pulled back at the
last moment as per his party?s decision to continue the candidacy
only if he could draw the support a two-thirds majority (401)
During the re-election held today,
the UML, third largest party in the CA, and United Democratic
Madheshi Front (UDMF), which holds 82 block votes, had decided
to stay neutral. The UDMF, alliance of Madhesh-based parties,
had decided to stay away from the re-election citing the need
for further discussion with other major parties on its concept
paper presented. The third runoff election has been called on
The UDMF demanded a formal commitment
from the UCPN-M. The Maoists have said that they are positive
on most of the demands
The Minister for Peace and Reconstruction
of the caretaker Government, Rakam Chemjong, has said that a new
Government under the leadership of the UCPN-M can only be possible
if they turn into, as what he called, "a civilian party".
JTMM exploded a bomb at the residence
of Nepalgunj District Municipality?s administrative
officer Mohan Hamal based in Banke Gaun of
Nepalgunj- 12. According to the Police, however, the explosion
caused no big loss. The party accused Hamal of being
involved in corruption and claimed the bombing was a warning to
MJF decided to withdraw all protest
programmes including indefinite closure of markets and transportation
in Nawalparasi District after the District administration office
acknowledged mistakes committed by local police personnel. MJF
had declared indefinite strike in the District to protest against
Police accesses on their local cadres over minor issues.
The Political party leaders and
intellectuals said that the ever mushrooming underground groups
in the Madhesh should not be encouraged by recognising them as
political forces. Speaking at a programme, they said the Madheshi
people have been suffering due to the violent activities of the
armed groups despite their genuine demand for an autonomous Madhesh
The UCPN-M leader Agni Sapkota said
that election for the post of Prime Minister is also "connected
with country's nationality". Speaking at an interaction programme
held in Kathmandu, Sapkota, said that there was
a clear intervention of the "foreign forces" in the election for
the post of prime minister that has been held twice without any
SJMM cadres exploded a powerful
bomb targeting the shop of Murkuchi Trade and Commerce
Chairman Rajendra Prasad Sah in Udaypur District.
According to the Police, the explosion made minor damages as it
was exploded outside the shop. The leaflets of SJMM putting forth
five point-demands, including the formation of ethnical Government,
were recovered from the incident site.
The UCPN-M leaders are all set
to dispatch an official letter to UDMF in view of its reaction
to their demands. The UDMF is seeking a written commitment in
return for their demand to vote for Maoist Chairman Pushpa Kamal
Dahal alias Prachanda in the third round of the Prime
Minister?s election scheduled on August 2.
A writ has been filed at the Supreme
Court against withdrawal of the motion to elect CPN-UML chairman
Jhala Nath Khanal to the post of Prime Minister at the legislature
parliament. Advocates Kumar Acharya and Bhabishwar Gurung, who
is also a member of CPN-UML legal department, filed a joint petition
claiming the withdrawal of the motion is illegal as such provision
is not mentioned anywhere in the parliamentary regulations.
A lesser known under-ground military
outfit, Joint Ethnic Liberation Front (JELF) claimed responsibility
for the bomb blast at the house of Rajendra Sah, a trader
at Mukurchi Bazaar of Rauta VDC-9 in Udaypur
District, on July 25. According to the Police sources, no human
casualty was reported in the blast. On July 27 SJMM cadres also
exploded a powerful bomb targeting the shop of Murkuchi Trade
and Commerce Chairman Rajendra Prasad Sah.
The UCPN-M vice chairman Baburam Bhattarai reiterated
that there is no option to a national consensus Government comprising
of UCPN-M, NC, CPN-UML and the Madhesh-based parties for
successful completion of the peace process and timely promulgation
of the constitution. At a meeting with British Ambassador to Nepal,
Andrew Hall, Bhattarai stressed on the need of a national
consensus Government saying a majority Government like the present
one cannot serve the agenda of peace and constitution.
The MJF chairman Upendra
Yadav said the UDMF, the alliance of four Madheshi parties
including MJF, will not stay neutral in the third Prime Ministerial
run-off slated for August 2. "We have been discussing that we
should not stay neutral in the next voting for the prime minister.
We will arrive at a decision by then," Yadav said while speaking
at the Reporters Club in Kathmandu.
A cadre of the UCPN-M identified
as Keshari Prasad Yadav, resident of Parshuram VDC of Bara District,
was shot dead by the Ajad faction of SJTMM-A in Bara District.
UCPN-M called a bandh in the District protesting
against the murder. Yadav was a member of the Maoists' Bhojpura
The chairman of the CPN-UML Jhalanath
Khanal said that his party is ready to support any Prime Ministerial
candidate in order to address the national agenda of peace and
constitution. However, he urged the Prime Ministerial candidates
from the UCPN-M and the NC to withdraw the candidacy and lay a
new foundation of national consensus.
The UCPN-M prepared a letter expressing
the party's commitment on the "common paper" of the demands put
forth by the UDMF. A meeting of the Maoist office bearers held
at the party Chairman Prachanda?s residence reached a conclusion
that the party should express written commitment to the conditions
presented by UDMF.
The Vice Chairman of the UCPN-M
Baburam Bhattarai said that his party is ready to finish the important
task of integration and rehabilitation of Maoist combatants by
separating those among them who want to be integrated into the
State Security Forces from those who do not. He also said that
this will be done by bringing the Maoist combatants under the
The Chairman of the CPN-UML, Jhana Nath Khanal,
once again reiterated the party's earlier decision to remain neutral
in the third round of election for the post of Prime Minister
on August 2. Khanal said his party was firm in not supporting
any candidate in the next PM run-off.
Deputy Prime Minister and NC central
leader Sujata Koirala revealed that her party is
ready to withdraw its PM candidacy if other parties become ready
for "national consensus".
JTMM-R issued an ultimatum of
72 hours to Madhesh-based party leaders to resign from their
posts and participate in the SMMA. Issuing a press release, JTMM
chairman and supreme commander, Rajan Mukti, asked the Madheshi leaders
not to support, assist, or protect any Government that may be
formed under the leadership of a Nepali speaking leader. Physical
actions will be taken against anyone who fails to comply with
or goes against the terms of the ultimatum, the press release
reads. Physical actions will also be taken against the Madhesh-based
party leaders who participate in the "drama" of Government
formation that is going on in the Legislature-Parliament, JTMM
The Whip of the MJF parliamentary
party Abhishek Pratap Shah claimed that the UDMF
will vote for the Maoists in the PM election scheduled for August
2. "We will form a majority Government first which would
turn into a national consensus Government later," he claimed
while addressing a face-to-face organised by Reporters Club in Kathmandu.
Cadres of Lumbuwan State Force
(LSF), a newly emerged armed outfit, stormed a Police station
at Panchamibazar of Banjho in Ilam District. Around two dozen
cadres from the outfit attacked the Police station and made off
with a communication set when more than half a dozen Police officers
were out for rescue operation in a landslide-hit area, Police
said. They launched the attack to mark the declaration of a fresh
?armed revolution? for the liberation of Lumbuwan. However, the
outfit has claimed to have captured arms and communication equipments
from the station.
An unidentified person carried
out explosion at Kalaiya Dairy Centre in Bara District leaving
the Dairy vehicle damaged. However, no human casualty has been
The Police arrested alleged armed
robbers, including two UCPN-M combatants in connection with July
30 attempted robbery in a jwellery shop in Gongabu area of Kathmandu.
A meeting of the UDMF held to
take the decision regarding its support to the Prime Ministerial
candidate ended inconclusively. Leaders of the UDMF, an alliance
of four Madhesh-based parties, parted their ways after deciding
to meet again on August 2 after they failed to come to an agreement
on whom to lend their support.
The NC which is vying for the
post of Prime Minister, on submitted its stand on the demands
of the Madhesh-based parties in a bid to secure the latter?s support
for the Prime Ministerial runoff slated for August 2. The NC handed
over its commitment paper on Madheshi demands at the parliamentary
party office of Sadbhawana Party. However, the NC has not accepted
the UDMF demand for declaring ?One Madhesh One Province?.
The CPN-UML issued a whip to its
lawmakers to stay neutral at the election to the post of Prime
Minister on August 2. UML parliamentary party whip Tham Maya Thapa
Magar asked all lawmakers from the party to compulsorily attend
the meeting of House at the stipulated time and place and stay
neutral during the voting.
The third round of the Prime
Ministerial election ended inconclusively despite some lawmakers
from the MJF crossing the floor and voting for UCPN-M Chairman
Prachanda. The fourth round of voting for the Prime Minister election
has been scheduled for 3 p.m. on August 6. Prachanda garnered
259 votes, while his opponent NC candidate Ram Chandra Poudel
got 124 votes in the polling. Of the 599 Members of Parliament,
the winning candidate had to secure 300 votes to form a majority
MJF Chairman Upendra Yadav
remarked that the Madheshi front?s decision to stay neutral has
nothing to do with political bargaining. He accused the big three
political parties of holding the nation hostage of indecision.
The MJF Chair made such remark a day after MJF-L said that it
is high time to bargain with the parties over the demand of ?One
Madhesh, One Province?.
The BAC of the legislature
parliament has decided to hold the fourth round of election to
the post of Prime Minister on August 6.
dispatched a revised ''commitment letter'' to address the demands
raised by the UDMF and possibly convince them into supporting
The PLA of the UCPN-M called
for applications to fill the vacant posts in the PLA. PLA spokesperson
Chandra Prakash Khanal said the PLA decided to fill the vacant
posts as the National Army carried on with the recruitment drive
by breaching the peace agreement.
The UNMIN said that the recruitment
in National Army and in PLA breach of the past pacts, including
CPA. In a statement UNMIN said it is "deeply concerned at reports
that the Nepal Army, and the Maoist army, plan to undertake fresh
Leaders of the Madhesh-based
parties assured caretaker PM Madhav Kumar Nepal that they will
not support UCPN-M in the next round of election to the post of
PM saying the Maoists had not shown interest for integration and
rehabilitation of its combatants and management of arms.
UCPN-M denied the request to
withdraw the candidacy of party Chairman Prachanda for the post
of Prime Minister. In a meeting held at Maoist parliamentary party
office with CPN-UML, the Maoist leaders said the party will not
pull out of the Prime Ministerial race.
member of the UCPN-M, Ram Karki , said that party chairman Prachanda
should take initiative for consensus by withdrawing his candidacy
for the Prime Minister. "The party chairman should withdraw his
candidacy and make efforts to reach consensus as the attempts
for forming majority Government have proved meaningless," he said.
Thee civilians, including two
minors, were injured when a bomb went off in Pataura VDC secretary?s
residence in Rautahat District executed by an unidentified gang.
The explosion might have been executed by cadres of the underground
organisation whose donation demands were not met, Police said.
A bandh enforced by JTMM-J
affected normal life in Bara, Parsa and Rautahat Districts. The
outfit called the shutdown demanding release of its Parsa District
in-charge Bhuj Patel who was arrested two weeks ago along with
weapons by Police.
UCPN-M plunged into a serious
internal dispute over whether to end the ongoing Prime Minister
electoral process or adopt a ?new course?. The reports suggest
that the Party Vice Chairman Babu Ram Bhattarai?s faction wants
to end the poll process and amend Parliamentary regulations to
form a unity Government.
UCPN-M said it would not accept
"foreign intervention" in the formation of the new Government.
The Maoist decision came soon after former Indian foreign secretary
Shyam Sharan arrived in Kathmandu "to facilitate the Poliltical
to Nepal Scott H. DeLisi held discussion with leaders of the UDMF
an alliance of four Madheshi parties. A team of Madheshi leaders
including Bijay Kumar Gachhadar, Rajendra Mahato, Jayprakash Prasad
Gupta, Mahendra Ray Yadav and Mahanta Thakur met the US envoy
at his residence in Kamaladi, Kathmandu, and briefed him on the
UDMF's official position on the election for the Prime Minister.
JTMMP warned of taking physical
against the 11 Madheshi CA members who voted for UCPN-M Chairman
Prachanda in the third round of Prime Ministerial election on
August 2 by defying the party's directives. In a press statement
issued, Bhagat Singh, identifying himself as the chairman of JTMMP
and supreme commander of army, claimed that the outfit?s central
committee has decided to take action against the lawmakers who
voted for Maoist Chairman Dahal in Prime Minister election.
The third run-off election
for the Prime Minister will be held on.
A youth group of the MJF-L
disrupted the secret talks between the UCPN-M and women lawmakers
from Madhesh-based parties. The lawmakers emerged out of the backdoor
of Hotel Sunset in Kathmandu, after the youth group who came in
two Government vehicles barged into the hotel Hotel Sunset in
Nayabaneshowar, where the discussion was underway.
NC made it clear its "second
priority" is not to let the UCPN-M attain power at any cost,
though it is less hopeful of its first priority ? its own candidate
becoming the next Prime Minister. Supporting Communist Party of
Nepal-Unified Marxist Leninist (CPN-UML) ? in case the much-touted
"new course" is initiated as per UML demand ? is not
the NC?s third priority. NC has told CPN-UML that its third priority
is to "discuss" any other alternative to form its own
Indian Prime Minister Man Mohan
Singh's special emissary Shyam Saran intensified political parleys.
of a lesser known Lumbuwan outfit, were arrested from Bhudhabare
of Jhapa District for illegal possession of arms. A team of Armed
Police and the Border Security Force arrested them along with
an automatic Chinese pistol and its bullets while frisking the
motorcycle-borne Lumbuwan cadres, said DSP Prem Raj Pokharel.
Pokharel said identity cards of Lumbuwan State Council were seized
The fourth round of election
to the post of Prime Minister ended without any result. The Business
Advisory Committee of the Parliament has decided to hold the fifth
round of elections on August 18. The UCPN-M Chairman Prachanda
bagged 213 votes, while his opponent, NC candidate, Ram Chandra
Poudel garnered 122.
A group of national level leaders
of the UCPN-M from Dhanusha District tendered a mass resignation
from the party. 75 leaders tendered their resignation saying that
the Central Leadership of the Party appointed Farmud Nadaf as
the new CA member by disregarding their recommendation. Maoist
Dhanusha District In-charge Roshan Janakpuri, Mahottari District
In-charge Mahadev Yadav, central advisor Asharfi Vilwar, YCL Dhanusha
District In-charge Shyam Yadav, his deputy Jhalku Yadav, are among
those tendering collective resignation.
Two newly nominated CA members
from the UCPN-M Ram Kumar Paswan and Farmud Nadaf were sworn just
ahead of the fourth round of the prime ministerial election.
CA member, Raj Kumar Sharma,
who deserted the TMLP to join the UCPN-M, claimed that he has
been receiving death threats over the Prime Ministerial poll.
Lawmaker Sharma further added threats were issued that his daughter
would be suspended from her newly joined college if he did not
Bidhya Bhandari said that the Government would deploy security
forces to stop the Maoist's PLA from undertaking fresh recruitment
as per its recent announcement in response to the opening of vacancies
in various positions by Nepal Army in its infantry division. "
The Police arrested a local
leader of the UCPN-M in Bara District, identified as Radheshyam
Prasad Saha (30), from Pharping on the outskirts of the Kathmandu
along with one kilogram of brown sugar. According to the Police,
Saha had been smuggling in the contraband to Kathmandu from Raxaul
of neighbouring India via Hetaunda and Bhainse to evade the security
The District Police Office
Parsa made public Bhaju Patel, a central member of JTMM-J. In
the press conference, Bhaju admitted he was behind the murder
of Mahendra Tamang, Principal at Biruwaguthi-based Aamadevi English
Boarding School and various incidents of bomb blast and extortion.
The Vice Chairman of UCPN-M
Babu Ram Bhattarai?s separate meeting with Indian Prime minister's
special envoy Shyam Saran has created controversy inside the party.
According to sources in the Maoist party said the establishment
faction is pressing in the party to demand clarification from
Bhattarai in this matter.
Committee member and lawmaker Ram Kumar Sharma, who claimed few
days ago that he received death threat by an Indian embassy official,
has submitted a letter to CA Chairperson Subash Nemwang requesting
the latter to immediately make arrangements for his security.
One civilian was
injured when a socket bomb went off at the Birgunj Buspark in
Birgunj Sub Metropolitian City-18 of Parsa District. The injured,
identified as Sheikh Akbar (28), a resident of Gahawa Tol of Birgunj
Metropolitan City-10, has sustained injuries in the face. Janatantrik
Terai Madhesh Mukti Tigers, an armed outfit, has owned up the
responsibility of the blast.
Court issued an arrest warrant against Kali Bahadur Kham, central
committee leader of the UCPN-M and a division commander of the
party?s PLA, on charges of looting.
The UCPN-M called
its Central Committee meeting to dig out the intra-party rift
and chart out its future course. Maoist leaders say the CC meeting
beginning from August 11 is likely to arrive at conclusion on
talking the "new line". However, the meaning of the
"new line" mean is yet to come to light. Leaders say
the party will continue its struggle for national independence
The care taker
Prime Minister Madhav Kumar Nepal said there will be little possibility
of the fifth round of election giving the country a consensus
Government if no one makes sacrifices for stable peace.
Further, the Communist
Party of Nepal-Unified Marxist Leninist (CPN-UML) convened its
Central Committee (CC) meeting to discuss the party's stand and
its future course. The CC meeting has been called for 11 am on
August 11. It has been learnt that the meeting was called to review
the election to the post of prime minister as the UML has been
facing mounting pressure over its decision to stay neutral in
UCPN-M Vice Chairman
Baburam Bhattarai said that foreign interference can be fought
only after strengthening nationality. Speaking at the second District
conference of ANNISU-R, Purbanchal University, Kathmandu Valley
Committee, he said nationality will be strong in a true sense
if the country can be made self-dependent by getting rid of foreign
The UCPN-M dispatched
an official letter to the Indian embassy in Kathmandu demanding
clarification from the latter over the alleged threats to Maoist
central member and lawmaker Ram Kumar Sharma. Maoist Secretary
CP Gajurel informed that the party will submit a memorandum to
the Indian Government after receiving reply of the letter from
CP Gajurel blamed the "naked intervention" of India for the parties
failing to elect a new Prime Minister even after four rounds of
The two groups
led by Prachanda and Baburam Bhattarai will spur heated discussions
in the upcoming Central Committee of the party. The Central Committee
meeting scheduled for August 10 has been postponed to August 11
on the ground that more time is needed for completing preparations
for the event. Both factions of the leaders supporting Chairman
Prachanda and Vice Chairman Baburam Bhattarai are impatient to
"vent their ire" against each other.
Dina Nath Sharma said his party chairman and Prime Ministerial
candidate Prachanda is ready to withdraw his candidacy for the
Prime Minister provided other parties agreed to amend the Interim
Constitution to revive the system of consensus Government.
Committee on International Relations and Human Rights summoned
Foreign Minister Sujata Koirala and enquired about the alleged
threats to UCPN-M central member and lawmaker Ram Kumar Sharma
by Indian embassy official. She informed that the Indian embassy
in response said that the "embassy doesn?t dignify such baseless
reports and allegations".
K.P Oli said that he is amused seeing a "proletariat party" buying
the lawmakers of a "capitalist party", claiming that the UCPN-M
spent some NR 50 million just to buy the lawmakers from other
political parties to ensure its victory in the election for a
The CPN-UML secretary
and Communication Minister Shankar Pokharel said his party is
not going to support UCPN-M Prime Ministerial candidate Prachanda
at any cost. Speaking at a programme in Kathmandu, Pokharel said
the UML would not back the Maoists to lead the Government as long
as they do not dissociate themselves from the combatants and the
Accusing the UCPN-Maoist
for detaching from the revolutionary ideology and adopting luxurious
lives, four of its District level cadres quit the party and joined
the breakaway faction of Matrika led CPN-Maoist. Releasing a press
statement they also accused the UCPN-M of not complying with the
mandate of its decade long 'People's Revolution' and forgetting
the agenda of the proletariats.
were injured when students appearing in BBS II year examination
of Tribhuvan University at Mahendra Multiple Campus in Nepalgunj
District clashed with students of UCPN-M affiliated ANNISU-R on
August 11. The clash ensued after the ANNISU-R, who were protesting
the proposed autonomy to the campus, disrupted the exams by tearing
up the question papers of the examinees.
A crucial meeting
of central committee members of the CPN-UML which took place at
a time when the party has been sharply divided over Prime Ministerial
election ended endorsing a nine-point consensus proposal. The
CPN-UML again restated the party's earlier decision to stay neutral
in the next PM run-off election. Today's meeting also decided
to ask the UCPN-M chairman Prachanda and NC vice president, Ram
Chandara Poudel to withdraw their candidacies in order to clear
way for conducting PM election through other means.
The former Indian
Ambassador to Nepal K. V. Rajan arrived in Kathmandu. He is scheduled
to hold consultations with top leaders of major political parties.
Portfolio Laxman Lal Karna, who is also vice-chairman of SP revealed
that the Madhesh-based political parties didn't extend their support
to UCPN-M in the election for a Prime Minister because of it being
a "totalitarian" party. Speaking at a programme organised in Parsa
District he accused the Maoists of engaging in all kinds of dirty
games to grab power and warned that the former rebel party is
trying to impose totalitarianism in the name of democracy in the
NC General Secretary
Bimalendra Nidhi said that unless and until UCPN-M abandons arms,
Government of national consensus cannot be formed.
The UCPN-M has
expressed its willingness to withdraw its candidacy for the Prime
Minister?s post if the NC becomes ready for the same. The Maoist
became flexible during a meeting with the top leaders of the CPN-UML
held at its parliamentary party office in Singha Durbar.
The CC meeting
of the UCPN-M, which started at the party headquarters Perisdanda,
Kathmandu has been postponed till August 19 reports. The meeting
adjourned soon after party chairman Prachanda presented a 13-point
political draft in which he has analysed the current political
scenario and has outlined the party's future plan.
The TJSC warned
that they would launch stern protests if the parties agreed on
One Madhesh province. "If the Government fails to implement the
Six-Point Agreement reached with TJSC two years ago, we will be
forced to launch struggle," said Shailendra Chaudhary, a student
leader affiliated to TJSC.
The Home Ministry
of Nepal said that its attention has been drawn towards the "Country
Reports on Terrorism" made public by Office of the Coordinator
for Counter terrorism of the US that stated that there is "possibility
of movement of international terrorists in Nepal" as published
by various media.
The former king
Gyanendra Shah conferred with visiting senior Indian diplomat
KV Rajan, who is also former Indian Ambassador to Nepal, at a
programme held in Kathmandu.
The NC proposal
to form a Government under its leadership on a four-month "rotation
basis", with UCPN-M and CPN-UML each taking subsequent four-month
turns, was rejected. ".
The leaders of
both NC and the UCPN-M once again ruled out the possibility of
withdrawing their PM candidacy. NC senior leader Ram Saran Mahat
and UCPN-M secretary Posta Bahadur Bogati expressed such an opinion
amidst an interaction programme held in Kathmandu.
The Minister for
Land Reform and Management, Dambar Bahadur Shrestha said that
the UCPN-M and monarchists were merging soon.. Distributing land
ownership certificates to the landless people at Hatiya, Minister
Shrestha reasoned that the Maoists were hobnobbing with the monarchists.
The UCPN-M chairman Prachanda
agreed to withdraw its candidacy for the Prime Minister's post
given that all the political stakeholders genuinely agree on the
formation of a national consensus Government. In a written reply
sent by Prachanda to CPN-UML chairman Jhalanath Khanal on the
Maoists stated that the party wants to make it clear that it is
always open to explore all the possibilities and alternatives
to form a consensus Government.
The TMLP decided to lodge a request
at the CA for termination of the CA membership of Ram Kumar Sharma,
who quit the party a year ago and joined the UCPN-M. A meeting
of the TMLP central committee decided to request the CA chairman
to start process for scrapping the CA membership of Sharma, who
was elected from Mahottari-4 of Mahottari District. The party
will submit the formal request in this regard on August 17, leaders
JMCC which was failed to meet
after a fresh row over recruitment drives of the Nepal Army and
the PLA of the UCPN-M erupted early August 2010, is planning to
convene this week to resolve the dispute. Though the UNMIN declared
that both the NA and the PLA "breached" the past deals, the signatory
parties have serious differences over the very objection of the
A bandh called by Federal
Democratic National Front, a fringe party with two seats in the
Parliament, partially affected normal life in various Districts
including Dang, Banke, Bardiya, Kailali, Kanchanpur, Sindhupalchok,
Chitwan and Dhankuta. FDNF called the bandh in Districts falling
in Tharuhat, Limbuwan, Khumbuwan and Tamsaling areas demanding
for a guarantee of the rights of indigenous people and formation
of a national consensus.
The election to the post of Prime
Minister slated for August 18 will be postponed till next week
due to the death of UCPN-M lawmaker Ramkumari Yadav, according
to an agreement among the whips of major political parties in
the Parliament. A meeting of the whips called by Speaker of legislature
Parliament Subash Chandra Nemwang at his office in Parliament
agreed to postpone the PM election till next week.
The senior UCPN-M leader Dev Gurung
said that his party is ready to extend its support to CPN-UML
in the fifth round of election for a PM slated for August 18 if
the latter gives up its stance for a "consensus Government".
Top leaders of the NC met caretaker
PM Madhav Kumar Nepal, along with some senior CPN-UML leaders.
During the meeting held at PM Nepal's official residence, Baluwatar,
the NC leaders complained that the UML's stance on staying neutral
in the PM election was prolonging the deadlock, and requested
In a crackdown on arms suppliers,
the Police arrested two persons, identified as, Rajesh Thami,
of Dolakha District and Sanu Kaji Baduwal, of Sindhupalchowk District
along with explosives from Bhaktapur District. The Police recovered
29 sets of detonators, 35 sets of gelatin, letter pad belonging
to Janatantrik Morcha and donation receipt from them.
The UCPN-M lawmaker Ram Kumar
Sharma tendered his resignation from the post of CA member and
lawmaker. Sharma, who is also the central committee member of
the Maoist party, resigned from the post after his former party,
TMLP, initiated process against him of his CA membership.
The UCPN-M secretary C.P Gajurel
blamed India for the current deadlock in Nepal, claiming that
India is preventing the CPN-UML and the Madheshi parties from
declaring their support in the Prime Ministerial election. "India
has tied the hands of the CPN-UML and the four Madheshi parties,"
he said at the Reporters Club in Kathmandu.
Constituent Assembly Chairman
Subash Chandra Nembang said lack of unity among political leaders
at a crucial time like this had surprised him. "The party leaders,
who had joined hands to fight regression, are not in the same
league. I do not understand why," Nembang said.
The UCPN-M Central Committee meeting
that was rescheduled for August 19 was deferred. A meeting of
Maoist office bearers held at party central office in Koteswar,
Kathmandu, decided to hold the CC meeting on August 23.
Cadres of the UCPN-M student wing
ANNISU-R vandalised the Higher Secondary Education Board (HSEB)
in Sanothimi of Bhaktapur. ANNISU-R general secretary Himal Sharma
claimed that ANNISU-R carried out the vandalism as a warning since
the HSEB and the Government remained apathetic towards taking
action against the colleges run illegally.
The UCPN-M vice chairman Mohan
Baidya said that his party will take ahead the "agitation of national
independence" from a new height. Baidya added the country is currently
being operated under the remote control. He remarked that the
Maoists' pro-people revolution won't be successful without intensifying
the agitation for national independence.
The NC acting President Sushil
Koirala ruled out the possibility of working together with the
UCPN-M until the latter implements the past agreements concerning
the peace and constitution drafting.
Several District leaders and activists
from Kaski District of the CPN-UML rebelled from the party to
join the UCPN-M. Saligram Poudel, a CPN-UML candidate for the
Kaski District by-election of the Constituent Assembly was among
the former UML leaders and activists who changed party.
The Chief of the UNMIN, Karin
Landgren, conferred with leaders of the big three political parties
- UCPN-M, NC and CPN-UML - discussing the possible extension of
the mission's term, which expires on September 15. During the
meeting held at Kathmandu, Landgren asked the leaders to support
UMNIN's role in Nepal and accordingly extend the term to accomplish
the remaining tasks of the ongoing peace process.
The UCPN-M Chairman Prachanda
remarked that the Prime Minister could not be picked due to the
failure of parliamentary procedure. He, however, refuted the accusations
that the Maoist is the main hurdle in the process to elect new
prime minister. He revealed that his party repeatedly held discussions
with the SLMM and expressed hopes that the latter will support
his candidacy in August 23 PM election.
The CPN-UML decided to participate
in the sixth round of the PM elections given that the election
scheduled for August 23 ends inconclusively. The UML made up its
mind to participate in the sixth round of elections in order to
preclude further indecisiveness.
The NC decided not to withdraw
its PM candidacy. A meeting of the office bearers and central
committee members convened in Kathmandu reiterated its stand to
go for the PM election unless the UCPN-M comes up with a new alternative
The CPN-UML proposed a four-month
timeline to complete the task of integrating and rehabilitating
Maoist combatants. It also decided not to vote in any round of
PM elections while also calling upon other parties to withdraw
their candidacy to start a "new course" for the formation of a
national consensus Government.
According to Nepal News, the leaders
of the major three parties - NC, UCPN- M and CPN-UML - and the
UDMF agreed that they would sit for "serious discussions" to resolve
the current political deadlock the nation has been witnessing
given that August 23 PM elections, too, fails as before. Leaders
expressed such a commitment to the chairman of CA, Subash Chandra
Nemwang, during a meeting held at Nemwang's office at Parliament.
The fifth round
of PM elections ended inconclusively on after both the candidates
- UCPN-M Chairman Prachanda and NC Parliamentary Party leader
Ram Chandra Poudel - failed to secure a majority. Prachanda garnered
246 votes while Poudel obtained 124 votes in polling. The major
voting blocks, the CPN-UML and the SLMM, abstained from voting
for any of the two candidates for the fifth time.
The leaders of
NC agreed to come up with a separate proposal to forge consensus
among the political parties to resolve the ongoing election fiasco
at the legislature parliament. "We have agreed to prepare a new
consensus proposal if the parliament fails to elect new Prime
Minister," NC's spokesperson, Arjun Narsingh KC, told reporters
after the meeting.
PM Madhav Kumar Nepal claimed the draft of consensus prepared
by the CPN-UML will lead to a solution to the current stalemate
and that the parties should accept the proposal. "Consensus is
possible if UCPN-M and NC are ready for discussion on the UML's
The CPN-UML formed
a high-level team to hold dialogue with the other parties in a
bid to build national consensus and break the political crisis
that has intensified in the wake of the standoff in PM Election.
NA chief Gurung
started lobbying to stop the extension of the current mandate
of UNMIN. The CoAS met leaders of various political parties other
than the UCPN-M representing in the Army Integration Special Committee
(AISC) and asked them not to extend the current mandate of UNMIN.
The CC meeting
of UCPN-M that had begun on August 12 finally convened. A politburo
member said vice chairmen Mohan Baidhya and Baburam Bhattarai
presented different written or verbal documents during the CC
meeting, countering the chairman?s proposal on some crucial issues.
The CC meeting
of the UCPN-M which was held in Kathmandu witnessed a division
among the leadership opinions. According to sources, the vice-chairman
of UCPN-M Baburam Bhattarai and senior leader Mohan Baidya presented
a "counter report" against the political document presented
by Chairman Prachanda.
The NA said it
will boycott the meeting of JMCC scheduled for on August 26. "We
have taken this decision after the UN rejected our request not
to table the agenda concerning Army recruitment in tomorrow?s
meeting," said NA Spokesman Ramindra Chhetri.
The NA accused
the UNMIN of conniving with UCPN-M to tarnish the image of the
NA and prolong its stay beyond September 15.
Two people, including
a cadre of YCL, were arrested on the charge of illegal possession
of weapons in Falewash of Parvat District.
one Sujit B.K., who has been charged with killing of CPN-UML leader
Prachanda Thaiba in Butwal of Rupandehi District on March 26,
2009, from a hotel in Sundhara of Tanahu District. Sujit, former
Rupandehi District in-charge of YCL, is in most-wanted list of
Kamal Thapa claimed that the UCPN-M is positive about reviving
the monarchy. He revealed that UCPN-M Chairman Prachanda has realised
the importance of Monarchy to save the nationality. "The
Maoist leaders told me the foreigners? meddling has increased
in the country after the monarchy was sidelined," said Thapa,
during an interaction at Reporter?s Club in Kathmandu. He asserted
that the NC and CPN-UML are also flexible on the same.
The PLA said NA
has tried to push the peace process towards further uncertainty
by challenging the tenure of the UNMIN. In a press statement,
PLA Chief Nanda Kishore Pun said the Army's lobbying against the
term extension of UNMIN and its decision to boycott a meeting
of the JMCC shows that the Army is not honest in taking the fragile
peace process to its logical end.
The NC acting
president Sushil Koirala said that there is no alternative to
the majority system in a democratic process. He made it clear
that the NC will not backtrack from the Legislature-Parliament
reiterating that the PM election should be settled from the Parliament
The UCPN-M banned
its central members from bringing out the political documents
presented by party Chairman Prachanda and Vice Chairmen duo Baburam
Bhattarai and Mohan Baidya outside the meeting hall. Arrangements
were made to allow the party central members to study the political
documents at the ongoing Maoist CC.
The UCPN-M leaders
met the ambassadors of permanent member countries of the UNSC
to seek support for extending UNMIN term in Kathmandu. "We
have requested the diplomats to support the extension of UNMIN
so that the peace process can be completed within the remaining
nine months," said Maoist Vice Chairman Baburam Bhattarai.
The Chief of UNMIN,
Karin Landgren, met CA chairman Subash Nemwang in Kathmandu, discussing
issues related to the peace process. During the meeting, UNMIN
chief reiterated that the Government takes a decision on whether
to extend the term of the mission, which expires on September
of the UCPN-M are reportedly presenting their opinions on the
three separate political documents presented by the top leaders
in the ongoing CC meeting held at the party Head Quarter in Kathmandu
since August 25. The members are floating views vis-à-vis
on the three separate political documents tabled by Prachanda
and vice chairmen Mohan Baidya and Baburam Bhattarai.
Baran Yadav summoned the leaders of the three major parties, UCPN-M,
CPN-UML and NC to hold discussions on ending political deadlock.
UCPN-M Chairman Prachanda, NC Acting President Sushil Koirala
and CPN-UML Chairman Jhalanath Khanal are present at the meeting
that is underway in Kathmandu.
A powerful socket
bomb was recovered at an examination center at Triyuga Municipality-5
in Udayapur District. The bomb was found at room no. 12 in Triyuga
Janata Multiple Campus while the examinations were being conducted,
the campus officials said. The bomb was found at time when some
examinees of Siraha District had been protesting against the change
of examination center.
to delay sending any formal request to UNSC regarding the extension
of the time period of the UNMIN. According to report, the Government
plans to remove Nepal Army from UNMIN''s monitoring.
In an all-party
discussion convened by PM Madhav Kumar Nepal in Kathmandu, the
Constituent Assembly parties suggested that UNMIN?s term should
be extended for the last time with a revised mandate. However,
the UCPN-M and the MJF stayed away from the all-party meeting.
The UCPN-M made
it clear that the party is not in favour of any form of monarchy.
The Maoist CC meeting held at the party headquarters in Parishdanda
dismissed the claims made by PM Madhav Kumar Nepal that the party
is in favour of cultural and religious monarchy. Likewise, the
Maoist said there is the possibility of unity between the republican
and nationalists for national independence and integrity.
MJF will not remain
neutral in the sixth round of election for a PM. The MJF chief,
Upendra Yadav, announced his party, which has remained neutral
in the previous five rounds of election for a PM along with three
of its alliance partners in the UDMF, will definitely participate
in the sixth round of PM election.
CC members of the UCPN-M lambasted
the working style of party chairman Prachanda mainly his monopoly
in decision making. Commenting on political documents presented
by Prachanda and Vice-Chairmen Babu Ram Bhattarai and Mohan Baidya,
the majority of CC members said that the party Chairman is imposing
a monopoly in the party and that his power should be curtailed
The Defence Minister of the caretaker
Government, Bidhya Bhandari said that the NA cannot remain under
the purview of UNMIN. She added that UNMIN?s term could be extended
by three months but with a revised mandate.
A meeting between CoAS Chhatra
Man Singh Gurung and UNMIN chief Karin Landgren convened at the
NA headquarters in Kathmandu. According a press statement issued
by the Directorate of Public Relations, NA, and the two discussed
on agenda of common concern during the meeting.
CC meeting of the UCPN-M continued
at the party headquarters Peris Danda for the seventh day. The
meeting, which started on August 25 after being postponed thrice
since August 12, is discussing three separate proposals tabled
by the party's chairman Prachanda and two vice chairmen Mohan
Baidya and Baburam Bhattarai.
The demand for a general convention
resurfaced in UCPN-M few months after the party decided to defer
the general conventions and hold an extended national conference
citing unfavourable circumstances outside the party. Speaking
at the ongoing meeting of the CC some leaders including Bam Dev
Chhetri and Ganga Shrestha supported the idea of holding a general
convention mentioned in the political dossier of vice chairman
Some CC members of the UCPN-M
said Prachanda is losing his grip on hardcore cadres, but has
become popular among new entrants in the party. An unnamed CC
member claimed that those leaders who fought in the insurgency,
support hardliner Vice Chairman Mohan Baidya?s political document.
President Ram Baran Yadav, who
held joint discussion with top leaders of the three major parties
? UCPN-M, NC and CPN-UML - on August 28 and with leaders of fringe
parties - invited NWPP chairman Narayan Man Bijukchhe in Kathmandu
for one-to-one discussion on the political scenario, especially
the successive failures of the Prime Ministerial election.
UCPN-M chairman Prachanda said
that his party will take a unilateral decision to extricate the
country from the never-ending deadlock before the sixth round
of PM elections on September 5. Prachanda said the Maoists in
its capacity as the single largest party in the CA will take some
decision to "drag the country out of the quagmire",
which is further deepening the political crisis.
The Vice President Parmananda
Jha said that the understanding among the political parties would
provide the way forward to the country. "To talk about enforcing
the presidential system is synonymous to revival of monarchy,"
he said, "Both of them are impossible." When asked about
the Indian interference in Nepal''s affairs, the Vice President
said that all kinds of intervention should be digested in this
transitional period and the need of the hour is to move ahead
by forging consensus.
The Indian Ambassador to Nepal,
Rakesh Sood, met chairman of CPN-UML, Jhala Nath Khanal, and held
discussion on the latest political developments in Nepal, especially
the undecided election for the PM.
Activists of NC affiliated NSU
and UCPN-M aligned ANNISU-R engaged in a violent clash at Kailashkut
Multiple College Campus in Kathmandu injuring several persons.
The Indian criminals who are involved
in various criminal activities in the border area have nexus with
Terai-based armed outfits. District Police Office, Rautahat, claimed
that some notorious Indian criminals committed crimes in the region
in cahoots with the underground Terai groups. This came to the
fore after an Indian criminal, who was recently arrested with
arms, said during Police investigation that he is a member of
an underground Terai outfit.
A majority of Maoist CC members
asked Chairman Prachanda to come up with a single document incorporating
"positive" ideas proposed by the other two Vice-Chairmen,
Baburam Bhattarai and Mohan Baidya. This has virtually put aside
Bhattarai and Baidya?s political documents that conflicted with
and challenged the one presented by Dahal.
The CPN-ML General Secretary C.
P. Mainali claimed that UCPN-M had offered him a sum of NR. 50
millions in exchange for supporting the Maoists to form a new
An audio tape reputed to be telephone
conversations between UCPN-M Krishna Bahadur and a Chinese authority
revealed that the Maoists asked for NR 500 million to distribute
it to lawmakers of other political parties to have them vote for
their candidate in the PM election to be conducted on September
The UCPN-M has been warned from
within that its very communist ideals are fast eroding. A majority
of the party?s CC members has said the party is gradually bringing
to manifest a huge and embarrassing paradox: The rise of new classes
within the party, haves and have-nots. They strongly believe that
as a community party, the ultimate goal of the UCPN-M is to achieve
a classless society? as "the history of all hitherto existing
society is the history of class struggles."
The UCPN-M Chairman, Prachanda
met top leaders of RPP, Chairman Pashupati Sumsher Rana and leader
Lokendra Bahadur Chand, and asked for their support in the PM
The MJF and MJF-L indicated that
they might back Maoist chairman Prachanda in the sixth round of
the PM. "Maoists are more positive now on the proposal of the
Front UDMF. We can back the Maoists if they agree on the proposal,"
MJF-L spokesperson Jintendra Dev said.
Leaders of two other constituents
of the UDMF, SP and TMLP said the earlier decision of the Front
to stay neutral had not changed. "Since the Maoists have not given
clear commitment to the proposal, the Front will remain neutral
in the sixth round of voting as well," said Laxman Lal Karna,
SP vice-chairman and Minister without Portfolio.
UCPN-M vice chairman Baburam Bhattarai
said that his party is ready to withdraw its candidacy from the
PM poll in the parliament if NC, its only contender in the race,
reciprocates by pulling out its candidacy too. The Maoist party
ideologue made this clear at a press meet organised by Maoist
aligned Revolutionary Journalists Association in Gorkha District
The sixth consecutive
bid to elect a new Prime Minister ended without making headway.
In the sixth round of elections held at the Constituent Assembly
hall in Nayabaneshwor of Kathmandu, UCPN-M Chairman Prachanda
and NC Parliamentary Party leader Ram Chandra Poudel?could not
secure the required 301 votes in the 601-member parliament.
Prachanda garnered 240 votes in his favour and 101 votes against,
and 163 lawmakers stayed neutral, while his rival Ram Chandra
Poudel garnered only 122 votes in his favour and 242 votes against
him and 172 lawmakers abstained from voting. As per the Article
38, clause 2 of the Interim Constitution 2063, a candidate has
to secure 301 votes for a simple majority in the 601-member Constituent
Assembly to win the elections to the post of PM.
A meeting of the
Parliamentary Business Advisory Committee decided to hold the
seventh round of PM elections on September 7.
The TJMMP, an
underground outfit unleashing violence in western Terai Districts,
renewed its threat of taking physical action against Madheshi
lawmakers if they vote in favour of UCPN-M Chairman Prachanda
in the PM election race. Issuing a statement, faction chairman
Bhagat Singh charged that the Maoists have resorted to political
horse-trading to grab power. He also flayed China for "meddling"
in internal matters of the country.
The MJF decided
to dissociate itself from the SLMM?an alliance of Madhesh-based
parties, saying that the country should not be held hostage for
a longer period. Earlier, the SLMM had been staying neutral in
the five rounds of PM elections. During a meeting of the SLMM
held at the parliamentary party office of TMLP, the MJF had proposed
to review the Madheshi front?s earlier stand.
NC acting President
Sushil Koirala claimed that his party will tame the anarchic activities
of the UCPN-M if allowed to form a new Government under its leadership.
He asserted that only the NC-led Government could give a way out
to the nation as the Maoist and CPN-UML leadership have proved
The Indian Ambassador
to Nepal, Rakesh Sood, held discussion with PM Madhav Kumar Nepal.
In the meeting that lasted for about an hour and a half, Sood
suggested the PM to forge a national consensus. Sood stressed
on the need for forging a national consensus citing that any decision
made by the Nepalese on consensus basis will be acceptable to
him, PM?s Foreign Advisor Rajan Bhattarai informed.
The UCPN-M is
making final preparations for "a decisive people's war", but top
party leaders are discussing new approaches to wage it, a senior
Maoist leader, C.P. Gajurel said. Gajurel said that the ongoing
CC meeting of his party is weighing various options and new approaches
to wage the people's revolt.
The MJF, which
boycotted the meeting of the UDMF, has made up its mind to vote
for the UCPN-M in the Prime Ministerial run-off election scheduled
for September 7. An MJF leader told that his party will vote for
the Maoists. We will strive to convince the other parties of the
Madheshi front to vote for the UCPN-M to end the current deadlock
before deciding unilaterally to vote for the Maoists, he said.
At a time when
six rounds of elections in the Parliament have failed to elect
a new PM, Speaker Scubas Nembang has proposed two alternatives
to the political parties to break the deadlock. The first alternative
is withdrawal of candidacy by both the NC and the UCPN-M as per
clause 22 of Parliamentary Rules. The second alternative, which
will be used if the first fails, is to scrap the provision in
the Parliamentary Rules that allows lawmakers to abstain from
The JMCC asked
the political leadership to look into the recruitment row in the
Nepal Army and the PLA. The tripartite mechanism comprising representatives
of UNMIN, the NA and the PLA made an understanding to this effect
on September 5 afternoons. The NA had earlier boycotted the JMCC
meet on Aug. 27 after its decision to enlist of 3,464 personnel
was kept on the agenda of the meeting.
The meeting of
the Council of Ministers held in Singha Durbar (Parliament) vested
caretaker PM Madhav Kumar Nepal with the sole authority to decide
on whether or not to extend the tenure of the UNMIN, which expires
on September 15, as well as reducing its mandate so as to remove
the Nepal Army from its supervision.
In the meantime
the UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon called upon the parties to
Nepal's peace process to continue with the current mandate of
the mission. "Under the circumstances, the Secretary General recommends
that the current mandate of UNMIN be rolled over in order to permit
the necessary discussions to take place with a duly formed Government,"
a press statement issued by UNMIN said.
might even propose "alternative measures" including "termination
of the UNMIN mandate" should these discussions offer neither clarity
nor any prospect of consensus among the parties to the CPA and
the AMMAA regarding a realistic and time-bound fulfillment of
their commitments concerning the armies and the phasing out of
The AISC extended
its Technical Committee's term by another four months. A meeting
of the AISC in Singha Durbar decided to extend the Technical Committee's
term till January 14, 2011. Its current term is ending on September
two UCPN-M?s PLA ?commanders?, identified Raju Basyal alias Ramesh
and Bindu Pun Magar alias Arpana, in Nawalparasi District for
their alleged involvement in robbery and loot. Police recovered
two plastic hand grenades, one each Chinese pistol and revolver,
five rounds of bullet, one set of PLA combat dress, from their
The UCPN-M expressed
serious concern over the Supreme Court decision to slap a life
term on Bal Krishna Dhungel, a Maoist lawmaker elected from Okhaldhunga
Constituency No. 2. The Court had convicted Dhungel of murdering
Ujjwan Kumar Shrestha on June 24, 1998, when the Maoist insurgency
was going on. On September 5, the apex court issued the full text
of its Jan. 3 judgment.
could not elect a Prime Minister even in the seventh round of
voting held in CA building, Naya Baneshwar. Although, the UCPN-M
had hoped for a breakthrough with indirect assurance from some
Madhesh-based leaders the final results did not turn out to be
in its favour. CPN-UML stayed neutral as in the previous elections.
MJF breached the
alliance with other three Madhesh based parties, but did not participate
in the voting process. MJF-L lawmakers did not turn up at all
for the voting. MJF-N, whose leaders had said earlier they would
vote for Maoist candidate Prachanda, changed their mind at the
last moment after they saw their votes alone would not be sufficient
for the Maoist candidate to get a majority.
Prachanda also failed to secure majority (301 votes) receiving
240 votes in his favour while 110 votes were cast against him.
Some 159 lawmakers opted for 'no vote' section in the ballot paper.
Altogether 521 lawmakers participated during the voting.
Assembly Speaker Subash Chandra Nemwang announced that the next
election would take place on September 26 as per the recommendation
of the Business Advisory Committee.
Some dozen Members
of Parliament from MJF-L, who had warned of crossing the floor
to vote for Maoist candidate Prachanda, were 'locked up' at the
parliamentary party office in Singha Durbar (Parliament) when
the election for the post of PM was going on at the CA building
in Naya Baneshwar, Kathmandu.
wrote to the UNSC asking for a four-month extension of the tenure
of UNMIN. The letter filed at the UNSC through Nepal's permanent
representative to the UN, Gyan Chandra Acharya, does not mention
anything about changing UNMIN's mandate.
A bandh called
by the Federal Limbuwan State Council to pressurise the parties
to elect the new Prime Minister at the earliest has hit normal
life in several eastern Districts. Due to the bandh call, transportation
services, educational institutions and marketplaces remain largely
closed in eastern Districts of Jhapa, Ilam, Panchthar, Taplehung,
Tehrathum,Sunsari, Morang, Dhankuta and Sankhusabha.The council
also demanded that major political parties act seriously to control
prices of goods, bribery, forced donation and increased cases
of violence in the region, among others.
of Secretary General of UN Karin Landgren briefed the Security
Council on the work of the mission and the progress of peace process
in Nepal. She appealed to all parties to urgently tackle the existing
climate of mistrust and the problems in forming a Government,
stressing that the stalled peace process must be brought back
on track as soon as possible.
UCPN-M said it
is all set to dispatch a letter to the UN Secretary General Ban
Ki-Moon requesting him to continue UNMIN's monitoring of the Nepal
Army. The letter will conflict with the one sent by the Government
on September 7 that mentioned UNMIN should now focus on monitoring
the Maoist combatants and their weapons until the Special Committee
takes over the responsibility.
The UCPN-M vice-chairman
Baburam Bhattarai said that regressive forces have been hatching
conspiracies taking advantage of the repeated failures in the
election of the PM. Speaking at a programme in the capital, Kathmandu.
Bhattarai also stated that the regressive forces have been spreading
rumours of a cultural King. He added that they have been emboldened
in spreading the rumours due to the failure to elect a new PM
for the seventh consecutive time.
Minister Madhav Kumar Nepal held joint discussion with ambassadors
of three UN permanent member states (United States, United Kingdom
and France) at his Baluwatar residence on the recent briefing
of chief of the UNMIN, Karin Landgren, to the UN Security Council
and the recent report of the UN Secretary General on Nepal's peace
process. PM Nepal also reiterated that continued monitoring had
caused difficulty in the organisational works of the National
Army and that it does not need UNMIN monitoring. He also sought
help from the UN permanent member States in this regard.
expressed dissatisfaction over contents of the letter sent by
the Government to the UNSC for extension of term of the UNMIN.
It has accused the Government of not paying heed to its suggestions
and deciding unilaterally. UCPN-M had demanded for six month extension
of the mission with the present mandate. It objected to the proposal
of other political parties to free NA from UNMIN monitoring.
phase-wise protest programme demanding action against those who
attacked its secretarial member Gopal Shrestha. The YCL submitted
a memorandum to Chief District Officer Basanta Raj Gautam and
declared to call Chitwan general shut down from September 16,
including a motorcycle rally, graffiti painting, and torch rally.
Two separate letters
from the Nepali side, amid the controversy on the extension of
the UNMIN, pushed the UNSC into a state of ?confusion?. Given
the differences between the Government and the Maoists, it is
not possible for the Security Council to take a decision, which
would irk one of the two parties, UN sources said. The member
states of the world body entrusted with the responsibility to
decide on the future of UNMIN have expressed their concern during
meetings with Nepali officials in Kathmandu and have asked for
a clearly-worded official position. UNMIN?s tenure ends on September
The UCPN-M reiterated
its stand that it won't allow the caretaker Government to table
any new bill in the Legislature-Parliament.
The chairman of
the UCPN-M Prachanda said that his party would immediately back
out from the ongoing Priministerial race if CPN-UML and NC decide
to change their decisions.
to secure a clear majority in the seven rounds of Prime Ministerial
elections, the UCPN-M decided to resort to agitation. The Central
Committee meeting of the party held in the Kathmandu decided to
hold mass assemblies in different Districts across the nation.
Emerging after the CC meet, Maoist Spokesperson Dina Nath Sharma
said, "The meeting today has decided to launch a peaceful
agitation in order to ensure the peace and the statue drafting
process and the national independence." The meeting has decided
to take the reports presented by UCPN-M Chairman Prachanda and
Vice Chairmen Baburam Bhattarai and Mohan Baidya for a District-level
study, Sharma added.
The CC meeting
of the UCPN-M concluded that party should pull out from the ongoing
PM election process in the House as it has failed to yield results.
But party insiders aren?t convinced that the conclusion will come
to fruition. Party officials say that a final decision will be
taken by the Standing Committee meeting after holding serious
and ?decisive discussion? with other parties.
The UCPN-M Vice
Chairmen duo Babu Ram Bhattarai and Mohan Baidya clarified that
they do not wish a change in the party?s leadership, but they
want to make the leadership more effective and action-oriented.
Answering questions of the CC members on their political documents,
both argued that Party Chairman Prachanda should improve his working
style and implement the decisions taken by the party. Their clarification
comes after accusations from some CC members close to Prachanda
that the duo was intent on replacing Dahal by weakening him.
to wage fresh stir against what it called "growing foreign interference"
in Nepal's internal affairs. A meeting of the party's powerful
CC meeting decided to organise various protest programmes from
September 17 onwards for a period of one month against the interference,
citing that it has seriously undermined the sovereignty and national
integrity of the country.
After the House
failed to elect PM for the seventh time, the faction led by caretaker
PM Madhav Kumar Nepal and CPN-UML leader K.P. Oli renewed its
effort to pile pressure on party Chairman Jhala Nath Khanal and
Madhesh based-parties to vote for NC candidate Ram Chandra Poudel
in the eighth round. The faction wants to pick the new PM continuing
the existing ?democratic alliance", stating that a Maoist-led
government is not reasonable for now.
In a sign of breakthrough
over the future of UNMIN, the Government and the UCPN-M reached
an agreement in principle to extend UNMIN?s term without any changes
in its current mandate. A meeting between the Government and the
Maoist held at Maoist Parliamentary Party office in Singhdurbar
(Parliament) reached an agreement to continue UNMIN with current
mandate?monitoring of the Maoist combatants and Nepal Army, Maoist
leader Janardan Sharma said.
ANNISU-R, student wing of the
UCPN-M vandalised various departments of the Sunsari Technical
College to protest the administration?s refusal to provide them
donation. A team of six led by central member Madan Chudal and
Sunsari secretary C.P Bajgain had vandalised the college demanding
NR 1.2 million as donation.
The UCPN-M vice chairman Mohan
Baidya revealed that his party has begun preparation to capture
State power through people's revolt. He said that the party has
been left with no option but to wage the revolt as efforts are
on to bar the Maoists from going into power. Speaking at an interaction
programme held at the Reporters' Club in Kathmandu, he said the
Maoists are victims of conspiracy to bar them from forming a legitimate
At the meantime, the Caretaker
PM Madhav Kumar Nepal accused the UCPN-M of trying to revolt without
any logical reasons. "They are applying all means to seize
power and pressurise the nation through unnecessary declaration
of protests and revolts," PM Nepal told media persons in
Janakpur. Claiming that his party CPN-UML has been parleying to
make consensus among the parties to form new Government at the
earliest, PM Nepal expressed hope that the nation would get a
new PM on September 26. "We can still hope to get prime minister
in the next PM run-off in the parliament," PM added.
Madhav Kumar Nepal put forward
three conditions before party chairman Jhala Nath Khanal to help
him become the PM. The conditions Nepal has proposed are, to take
action against vice chairman Bamdev Gautam by suspending from
the position, to make him (Nepal) the acting chairman and to make
party leader KP Oli a CA member. If the conditions are accepted,
Nepal has assured he will convince NC candidate Ram Chandra Paudel
to withdraw candidacy and proposed Khanal to convince UCPN-M candidate
to withdraw candidacy.
President Ram Baran Yadav consulted
senior legal experts on various issues related to the present
political deadlock. President Yadav sought legal experts? opinion
on constitutional ways and his role on resolving deadlocks in
Government formation, presenting full-fledged budget and concluding
the process, said attorney Tikaram Bhattarai, one of the experts
the President consulted. The lawyers advised the President that
the Speaker can use his special power to end the deadlock of prime
ministerial election by suspending the related clause in the parliamentary
With nearly two weeks remaining
for the eighth round of PM election, Vice-Chairman of Sadbhawana
Party (SP) Laxman Lal Karna, said Samyukta Loktantrik Madheshi
Morcha (SLMM) might vote for the NC. However, he said there are
certain issues that the NC must clarify first.
With the four-point deal between
the Government and the Maoists to conclude the peace process within
the next four months, the looming threat to the peace process
has been averted. The agreement was signed by PM Madhav Kumar
Nepal and Maoist Chairman Pushpa Kamal Dahal aka Prachanda at
a meeting held in Baluwatar two days ahead of the expiry of the
Members of the ANNISU-R, the student
wing of the UCPN-M, padlocked the offices of Sanothimi College
Campus Chief in Bhaktapur District. Alleging that the college
administration turned deaf ear to their demands, the members of
the ANNISU-R locked up the offices of Campus Chief Jagat Krishna
Pokharel and Day Chief Rudra Dwaj Khadka.
The UCPN-M chairman and PM hopeful
Prachanda hinted that his party may opt out of the ongoing
election for the PM. "We want to end the election process which
has not produced any result," Dahal said while addressing a book
release function in the capital, Kathmandu. He also admitted intra-party
conflict. "Our party, too, has weaknesses," he said, "We will
move ahead in a new way my correcting the weaknesses."
The CPN-UML chairman Jhala Nath
Khanal said that UCPN-M chairman Prachanda and NC vice president
Ram Chandra Poudel, who are in the race for the PM, will be voted
out in the upcoming 8th round of PM election on September 26.
Speaking at a programme in Kathmandu, Khanal said there is no
possibility of a Government led by both of the PM candidates so
they should withdraw their candidacies and "allow others to take
The lawmakers have demanded formation
of a judicial commission to investigate the tape scandal, which
implicated UCPN-M Foreign Affairs Department Chief Krishna Bahadur
Mahara and a 'Chinese official' allegedly negotiating cash assistance
to the Maoists to buy lawmakers for the prime ministerial poll,
reports Kantipuronline. The alleged tape came to light on Sept
The Deputy PM Bijaya Kumar Gachhadar
said that Madheshi parties should get an opportunity to lead a
Government as the three major parties have failed to give a political
way out. He said the country has been pushed towards the danger
of being a failed state as constitution-writing and peace process
have been shadowed by minor issues. The UCPN-M has the main responsibility
to institutionalise the democracy, he said, adding that Maoist
party Prachanda should support other parties to fulfil the aspirations
of ?People?s War?.
A District level leader of the
UCPN-M was found dead in a jungle at Bhalubajor VDC-6 of Ramechhap
District. The deceased was identified as Ram Hari Kadel aka Prahar,
area in-charge of Ramechhap-8.
The six-party Special Committee
overseeing the Maoist combatants would push for integration and
rehabilitation of the combatants based on the four-point agreement
signed by the Government and the UCPN-M on September 13. Towards
that end, the cantonments will first be brought under the Government
control through a secretariat instituted by the Special Committee.
The Maoist party plans to propose Chief of the PLA Nanda Kishore
Pun as the coordinator of the Special Committee Secretariat, the
mechanism that would bring the Maoist combatants under the Government.
Caretaker PM and senior CPN-UML
leader Madhav Kumar Nepal made it clear that his party will not
at all vote for the Maoist candidate in the next PM election.
"UML and most other parties are not in favour of a Maoist-led
government. The Maoists must detach themselves from the arms and
armies to lead the government," Nepal said while speaking to reporters.
The UCPN-M chairman Prachanda
expressed hope that the political deadlock would not continue
for long. The Maoist chairman, however, said that the party will
emerge victorious in its fight against regressive forces.
The tenure of the UNMIN, which
is in Nepal to monitor the peace process, is being extended for
the seventh time on September 15. A meeting of UNSC to convene
at the UN headquarters in New York on September 16 will formally
extend UNMIN's term by four months.
Chairman of the UCPN-M Prachanda
warned of a national struggle if the party was not given a chance
to lead the Government through the constitutional ways. Speaking
at an interaction in Kathmandu he claimed that the national struggle
will be different from the ?People's War? and it will be waged
under the leadership of all Nepalese. He said the national struggle
will be waged openly as the ?People's War? was waged by publicly
declaring from the Open Theatre and from the rostrum of the Parliament.
The Special Committee on Supervision,
Integration and Rehabilitation endorsed a new directive, ending
UCPN-M command and control over the ex-People?s PLA combatants
living in several UN-monitored cantonments across the country.
A Special Committee meeting chaired
by Prime Minister Madhav Kumar Nepal approved the Directive on
Supervision, Control, Command Procedures and Code of ethics of
the Maoist PLA combatants. "Now, Maoist combatants have come
under the Government?s control," said NC representative at
the Special Committee Ram Sharan Mahat. "With this, the concept
of two armies ceases to exist, and the combatants will come under
the command and control of the committee the day its secretariat
begins to carry out its tasks."
UCPN-M representative at the committee
Barsha Man Pun termed the day?s development ?a step forward in
the direction of completing the peace processes. "It is a
significant step for integration and rehabilitations of the Maoist
combatants," said Pun, a former PLA commander.
Prachanda said that the Indian
intervention in Nepal's affairs has posed a serious threat to
nationality. He said the result of the ongoing PM election has
shown that the parliamentary process is being operated with a
'remote control'. Stating that foreign interventions in the issue
of nationality have crossed the limit, he warned that a "national
battle" is impending. Prachanda said that 30 million peopleprobably
country's entire population will line up to jump into the fray.
"There is no doubt that Nepali people will triumph the national
battle," said Prachanda.
The UCPN-M Pushpa Kamal Dahal
aka Prachanda decided to pull out of the PM elections,
in a bid to explore new ways to end the prolonged political deadlock.
The Maoist Chairman agreed to withdraw his candidacy for the PM?s
post in a three-point agreement signed with CPN-UML Chairman Jhalanath
Khanal. During the meeting held at Gairidhara in Kathmandu, the
parties have reached an agreement to initiate the PM selection
process on national consensus basis.
Prachanda said it would be fatal
to isolate and exclude his party from the political process. Addressing
the NC 12th National General Convention underway in Kathmandu,
Prachanda countered statements by leaders of other parties that
late Girija Prasad Koirala had brought UCPN-M into the political
mainstream. "Koirala did not bring me, but together we got
into the peace process," Prachanda said drawing brief jeers
from NC workers and sympathisers assembled at Khula Manch in Kathmandu.
"Girija Prasad Koirala did not bring me in the mainstream
politics. The peace process started with his and my joint effort,"
The Chairman of the Subas Chandra
Nembang said there is absolutely no alternative to consensus among
political parties to diffuse the existing imbroglio the country
has been stewing in.
A group of unidentified assailants
shot dead Rajaram Yadav (40), chairman of Aurahi Village Committee
of the TMLP in Mahottari. Yadav was previously a cadre of UCPN-M.
Meanwhile, one person who identified himself as Basanta and claimed
to be a cadre of the Terai Mukti Morcha called up local journalists
and took responsibility of the murder.
UCPN-M leaders said they will
form a majority Government with support of the CPN-UML as per
a three-point agreement between the two parties on September 17
if the efforts to form a consensus Government fail. Maoist leaders
claimed CPN-UML had pledged support for them for a majority government
if required at a meeting with six fringe parties which supported
them during the prime ministerial election at Maoist parliamentary
party office, Singha Durbar. "We will form a majority Government
with support of UML and continue our efforts to secure a two-thirds
majority," Sunil Prajapati, leader of Nepal Workers and Peasants
Party (NWPP), quoted Maoist chairman Pushpa Kamal Dahal.
The SJMM set ablaze the Panchakanya
and Bishnupaduka VDC buildings and a health post in Sunsari District.
SJMM Sunsari in-charge Abiral said the buildings were set ablaze
to highlight the SJMM?s demand that the State needs to be restructured
taking ethnic populations into consideration. "We will not
grant recognition to any government offices and officials until
our demands are addressed," he added. The activities of the
agitating Kirat Janabadi Workers Party had dropped drastically
after its cadres were detained three months ago. However, its
activities have picked up pace after it united with the SJMM.
A day after UCPN-M leaders? claim
that they could form coalition Government with CPN-UML if an environment
for consensus Government is not created CPN-UML officially refuted
NC vice president and the party's
prime ministerial candidate Ram Chandra Poudel made it clear that
he would not back out from the ongoing PM race in the parliament
until an alternative to elect a new PM is decided by the major
UCPN-M proposed the name Nanda
Kishor Pun, Commander of the PLA, as the head of the Technical
Committee, under Army Integration Special Committee (AISC), that
will also function as a Secretariat to manage combatants in the
cantonments. Maoists demanded leadership in the Secretariat to
be formed after AISC decided last week to convert the incumbent
Technical Committee to the Secretariat heading the PLA chain of
command by adding one representative each from PLA, Nepal Army
(NA), Nepal Police (NP) and Armed Police Force (APF).
As per the AISC decision, NA has
proposed Brigadier General Mahesh Bikram Karki, NP has proposed
DIG Keshar Bahadur Shahi and APF has proposed DIG Singha Bahadur
Shrestha as the member of the Secretariat. At present the Technical
Committee has PLA deputy commander Chandra Prakash Khanal and
YCL in charge Kul Bahadur KC from the UCPN-M, retired Lieutenant
General Balananda Sharma and former envoy Shambhuram Simkhada
from Nepali Congress, Deepak Bhatta and former Brig. Gen Gopal
Singh Bohara from CPN-UML and retired SSP Sananda Prasad Kurmi
and former administrator Ramananda Mishra from MJF. The next meeting
of the AISC is expected to expand the Technical Committee. The
Technical Committee itself will select its leader
Meanwhile, incumbent acting president
of Nepali Congress party, Sushil Koirala, was elected the party
president for a term of four years by the party's 12th
General Convention held in Kathmandu from September 17 to 21.
The UCPN-M suspended CC member
and ?commander? of the 5th Division of the PLA, Kali
Bahadur Kham alias Bibidh, on in view of the accusations
of the murder of Ram Hari Shrestha of Koteshwor and the looting
of Chinese traders a couple of months ago. Likewise, CC member
Ram Prasad Banjade was suspended for financial irregularities.
According to Maoist spokesperson Dina Nath Sharma, Kham has been
suspended "for some time" for investigation on the accusations
The UCPN-M started imparting "political
training" to its combatants in the UN-monitored camps across
the country. Meanwhile, the NC and the CPN-UML took serious exception
to the training. They said it directly breached the directives
endorsed by the Special Committee on September 16 on the supervision,
command and control, and code of conduct to be enforced on the
The UCPN-M and the CPN-UML decided
to write a joint letter to the CA chairman to end the ongoing
election for the post of PM, concluding that the current process
can yield no result. In a meeting held at Maoist parliamentary
party office in Singha Durbar, top leaders of the UCPN-M and the
CPN-UML reached a four-point agreement and decided to step up
efforts to forge consensus with all the CA parties on ending the
current process to elect a new Prime Minister.
CPN-UML General Secretary Ishwor
Pokhrel said that his party won?t form the Government by forging
alliance with the UCPN-M. Saying that the eighth round of election
for the PM?s post would be fruitless, the CPN-UML leader underlined
that the NC should support his party?s concept to form a national
Expressing dissatisfaction over
the outfit leadership, some 100 cadres of the Madhesi Mukti Tigers
(MMT), including District in-charge of Sunsari, deserted the outfit.
Speaking at a press conference, at Sunsari District headquarters
Inaruwa, Sunsari in-charge Gyanendra Pandit accused the party
leadership of lacking morality. MMT is an armed outfit active
in the Terai region.
UCPN-M chairman Prachanda officially
withdrew from the race to the post of PM leaving NC candidate
Ram Chandra Paudel alone in the fray. However, the impasse' of
the repeated prime ministerial elections did not ended as the
parliamentary regulations require a prime ministerial candidate
to acquire majority votes from the MP to be elected. The Legislature
Parliament has voted against the motion to elect Paudel to the
post of Prime Minister for the eighth time at the elections held
in CA hall, Naya Baneshwar. The next election date has been slated
for September 30.
NC leaders said their party is
ready to withdraw candidacy for the post of PM if the UCPN-M parts
with arms and armies and renounces violence.
The CPN-UML decided to table its
proposal for amendment of parliamentary regulation to elect new
PM in the legislature parliament.
UCPN-M vice chairman Mohan Baidya
said that his party is even ready to be a part of a CPN-UML or
NC led Government if it helps towards forging a national consensus.
UCPN-M chairman Prachanda called
on Prime Minister (PM) Madhav Kumar Nepal at the latter's official
residence in Baluwatar and asked PM Nepal to call on NC leaders
to pull out of the Prime Ministerial election.
PM Nepal has called a meeting
of ten political parties in the ruling coalition to find a solution
to the current political problem created by the ongoing prime
There are sharp disagreements
between the UCPN-M and the NC on how to end the current stalemate
on Government formation, reports. The NC argues that the
parties should agree to a ?package deal? on the fundamental issues
of the new constitution, critical issues of the peace process
and power sharing arrangements before its candidate for the Prime
Minister?s (PM) post, Ram Chandra Poudel, withdraws his candidacy.
The Maoist party, meanwhile, continues to stand by its previous
position that the withdrawal should precede any deal. Speaker
Subash Nembang convened a meeting of the Maoists, NC, CPN-UML
and Madhesh-based parties on September 28 to break the deadlock,
but in vain.
parties asked the National Congress to back out of the ongoing
PM race so that new process for formation of a consensus Government
Mainali, who was appointed Minister for Education in the then
king Gyanendra's short-lived royal Government, joined the UCPN-M
The ninth round
of elections for the Prime Minister?s post ended inconclusively
as the sole candidate for the PM post and NC Parliamentary party
leader, Ram Chandra Poudel failed to secure a simple majority.
The NC, along
with other constituents of the outgoing coalition minus the CPN-UML,
decided to put forth a proposal to defer the PM elections at the
Parliament for at least a month.
arrested seven alleged abductors including a UCPN-M cadre, from
Suryabinayak in Bhaktapur District while they were taking an abductee
in a cab to an undisclosed location.
Secretary C.P. Gajurel said that there is no alternative to a
peaceful protest in order to end the political deadlock. Gajurel
informed that the extended plenum to be held in Gorkha District
next month will finalise the structure of the protest and future
strategies to be adopted by the party.
agreed to provide updated information with details including full
name, age, permanent address and picture of its former combatants
staying at various cantonments across the country.
of UCPN-M carried out shut down of market areas, academic institutions
and halted transportation in Sindhuli District with demands of
the release of its Sindhuli District in-charge Rajan Dahal.
Lamjung office secretary Devendra Poudel has gone missing since
September 30. Devendra's family said he has been missing ever
since had left home on September 30 for Dumre of Tanahun District.
chairman Baburam Bhattarai renewed his call to NC leader Ram Chandra
Poudel to withdraw his candidacy to the post of PM.
aka Ningkhan Shimray (49), head of the NSCN-IM foreign affairs,
went missing in Nepal since September 27, when he landed in Tribhuvan
Airport in Kathmandu after flying from Bangkok by the Royal Nepal
The NC invited
UCPN-M and CPN-UM for discussing its recently unveiled four-point
consensus proposal for ending the Prime Ministerial election fiasco.
According to a NC source, a tripartite meeting to discuss the
consensus proposal is due to take place at NC?s parliamentary
party office at Parliament.
its serious attention has been drawn to "abduction styled" arrest
of one of its cadre by Police in Sindhuli District. Issuing a
press release, Maoist spokesperson Dina Nath Sharma said that
its party cadre Rajan Dahal was arrested on fake charges "in a
manner reminiscent of the Panchayati days".
suspended its lawmaker Narendra Kunwar of Baitadi, who physically
assaulted the party's local leaders during a meeting. Kunwar attacked
the party's local leaders during a dispute over the collection
of donations and injured three of them. He attacked one of the
victims with a knife hospitalising him.
Party leader Ram Chandra Poudel said that there were chances that
the 10th round of Prime Ministerial poll slated for may be cancelled.
Baburam Bhattarai claimed his party would never split and urged
the public not to believe the rumour. UCPN-M will launch struggle
from the streets if the Parliament fails to give a way out of
the current political stalemate, said Baburam Bhattarai at a gathering
raided an YCL camp in Swoyambhu area in Kathmandu and arrested
two YCL cadres on charge of abducting Chandra Bahadur Thing (30),
a bus driver, and inflicting corporal torture on him and rescued
him who was kept there after his abduction.
party leader Ram Chandra Poudel was rejected for the post of Prime
Minister by the Legislature Parliament for tenth time at the election
held at Constituent Assembly Hall, Naya Baneshwor. Poudel secured
109 votes in his favour and one vote against him. 46 lawmakers
opted for 'no vote' section in the ballot paper. Altogether 156
lawmakers participated in the voting process.
Jhalanath Khanal urged the NC to withdraw its candidacy from the
PM elections and resume the process of national consensus. Speaking
at a tea reception program organised by Manmohan Smriti Pratisthan
in Kathmandu, Khanal requested the NC to end the lost battle.
to Nepal, Rakesh Sood, who arrived in Kathmandu, was opposed by
UCPN-M cadres. The envoy along with some Indian officials reached
to lay the foundation stone of an India-funded drinking water
project at Khumjung.
PM Madhav Kumar
Nepal expressed hope that the UN would continue to support the
integration and rehabilitation of former Maoist combatants even
after the departure of the UNMIN. "We will take care of the
integration part of former Maoist combatants. However, we expect
UN?s continued assistance for their rehabilitation," PM Nepal
told UN Under Secretary General and Chief of Political Affairs
B Lynne Pascoe, who is in Nepal on a two-day visit.
The UN Under
Secretary General for Political Affairs B. Lynn Pascoe said that
ending the impunity and progress on democratisation of the Nepal
Army are crucial for the continuation of NA engagement in the
UN peacekeeping. The chief of Department of Political Affairs
at the UN Headquarters in Kathmandu made this remark during a
meeting with Defence Minister Bidhya Bhandari.
the CPN-UML Jhalanath Khanal remarked that the current Constituent
Assembly should be dissolved to take the country ahead with a
fresh mandate of the people.
parties warned the Election Commission not to continue the programme
in Terai Districts. In a joint press conference of Madhesh-based
parties held at Janakpur District, the Madhesh-based parties said
they would launch an agitation if the Commission did not stop
member and lawmaker Gopal Kiranti claimed that the Indian Ambassador
to Nepal Rakesh Sood threatened to expel five million Nepali people
living in India. Lawmaker Kiranti said that he was threatened
by the Indian Ambassador while talking about the national independence.
Cadres of the
Lumbuwan Autonomous State snatched a scanner and a camera used
by the Election Commission team in Jhapa District thereby obstructing
information collection for digital voter's identity cards in Damak-15.
LAS cadres have been asking the EC to stop the campaign saying
that those digital ID cards would be useless as the nation will
soon be divided into federal states.
MJF Upendra Yadav said the Maoists' insistence not to relinquish
weapons remains the main hindrance for the successful conclusion
of the peace process. Speaking at a press meet organised in Birgunj
of Parsa District , he said the fact that the Maoists can't and
won't give up their weapons is clear from the idea and ideology
the party follows and the on and off remarks made by its top leaders.
Prachanda said that the progresses achieved by the general public
so far have been put in danger. He claimed that federalism, republic,
and the secular system achieved in the nation have been endangered
at present. Speaking at a programme organised in Kathmandu, Prachanda
said that both internal and external regressive forces are on
their final stages of plotting in order to obliterate the developments
accomplished so far.
The 12th round
of the Prime Ministerial elections ended with out any result as
the sole candidate from the NC, Ram Chandra Poudel, failed to
secure the magic number (301). Subsequently, talking to the media
persons after facing the 12th defeat in the Legislature-Parliament,
Poudel said the UCPN-Maoist and the CPN-UML refuted the NC?s proposal
to conduct further elections only after the Dashain festival.
and Deputy Prime Minister of care taker Government Bijaya Kumar
Gachhadar in Kathmandu remarked that the country won?t see a new
PM even after eight months if the major parties continue to repeat
the rhetorical consensus. He underscored the need to accept the
majority system to pick a new PM.
The Vice-Chairman of UCPN-M Baburam
Bhattarai said that the country will find no way out of the current
political crisis until and unless a national unity Government
under the leadership of his party is formed. Speaking at a party
programme in Banepa, Kavre, and Bhattarai said that a logical
end to the ongoing peace process is impossible by sidelining the
Maoists, the biggest party in the Constituent Assembly. He added
that "the country could reorient towards confrontation after
the UNMIN leaves as efforts are being made to dissolve the PLA
when there should have been genuine bid to integrate the ex-fighters".
PLA of UCPN-M took exception to
the Indian Government?s claim, alleging that PLA of Nepal was
imparting training to Indian Maoists. The PLA has remarked that
the news report is baseless, premeditated and speculative.
UCPN-M chairman Prachanda said
that the recent Indian media report that Nepali Maoists were imparting
training to Indian Maoists is a "conspiracy and design of foreign
forces." Speaking at a programme in Kathmandu, Prachanda said
the report is a challenge to national independence and an attempt
to lead the country towards confrontation.
The NC General Secretary Prakash
Man Singh said that the NC would not withdraw its candidacy for
the post of the Prime Minister unless an agreement was reached
in the form of a package to conclude the peace process.
The UCPN-M chairman Prachanda
was appointed coordinator of a seven-member taskforce formed to
iron out differences on the contentious issues that remains in
constitution drafting. A meeting held at the office of CA chairman
Subash Nemwang in Parliament gave this responsibility to Prachanda.
The UCPN-M chairman Prachanda
called on Prime Minister Madhav Kumar Nepal at the latter's official
residence in Baluwatar in Kathmandu. The latest political situation
of the country was chiefly discussed during the meeting that went
on for more than one hour. According to a statement issued by
PM?s press advisor, PM Nepal stressed on the need to do away with
the existing differences between the political parties in order
to forge a national consensus.
The Under-Secretary-General for
Political Affairs of the UN, B. Lynn Pascoe urged that swift action
to overcome Nepal?s political impasse is required if the Asian
nation is to meet the January 2011 deadline to wrap up its stalled
peace process. Despite some important steps having been taken,
"no breakthrough has been achieved," he said. "It
is too early to conclude that the parties are on a course"
that would see the Four-Point Agreement implemented by the January
2011 deadline, read the statement.
The Nepal Workers and Peasants
Party Chairman Narayan Man Bijukchhe said that the president should
take the executive power by himself as the political parties have
failed to resolve the political crisis. He opined the imposition
of Presidential rule would be the best alternative to discourage
all forms of impasse and find a way out.
UCPN-M Standing Committee member
Dev Gurung said that the caretaker Government does not have the
right to bring in the full budget under any circumstances, warning
that if it does so then that will be construed as a violation
of the CPA.
CA Chairman Subas Nemwang said
amendment to the constitution and the CA Regulations might be
necessary to elect the new Prime Minister as the current election
process has not produced results despite a dozen rounds of voting
in the legislature Parliament.
Leaders of the three major parties
?UCPN-M, NC and CPN-UML met President Ram Baran Yadav at Shitwal
Niwas in Kathmandu to discuss the current political stalemate
and its possible solution.
UCPN-M reiterated that it won't
allow the caretaker Government to present the full-fledged budget
in the legislature-parliament. A meeting of the Maoist office-bearers
held at party chairman Prachanda Nayabazaar residence concluded
that the caretaker Government "does not have authority to introduce
President Ram Baran Yadav urged
political parties to focus on building consensus to ensure success
for the peace process, constitution writing, and Government formation
and for bringing the budget for the current fiscal year. In a
meeting with Prime Minister Madhav Kumar Nepal and top leaders
of the three major parties at his official residence, President
Yadav called for consensus on the major issues.
A Dhading District leader of the
CPN-UML identified as Shiva Thapa Magar (40) was found dead nearby
a forest three days after his abduction by YCL. However, the UCPN-M
Dhading District committee said the party has no hand in the murder
UNSC urged Nepal to expedite the
peace process by formulating clear work plan with timelines to
complete the remaining tasks of the peace process before the UNMIN
wraps up in January, 2011.
Chief of the UNMIN Karin Landgren
met UCPN-M chairman Prachanda and expressed worry over the lack
of progress in the peace process.. During the meeting Landgren
said that the protracted political deadlock has obstructed the
peace process, and underlined the need for early political consensus
between the parties and start of works on the integration and
rehabilitation of the Maoist combatants.
Minister for Federal Affairs,
Culture and Parliamentary Affairs Minendra Rijal said that a UCPN-M
led Government will be completely unacceptable to his party NC
until the time the peace process reaches a logical conclusion.
India?s MEA summoned Nepal?s Ambassador
to India Rukma Shamsher Rana to ask him to explain the Solukhumbu
incident on October 6 when some UCPN-M cadres misbehaved with
Indian Ambassador to Nepal Rakesh Sood. According to Government
sources, on October 6, irate UCPN-M cadres greeted Sood with black
flags, while one of them hurled a shoe at a team of visiting Indian
UCPN-M vice chairman Mohan Baidya
urged the NC and the CPN-UML to form a coalition Government saying
that his party will stay in the opposition bench. "There are chances
that the Maoists will stay in opposition," said the Maoist leader,
at a programme in Kathmandu.
The Constituent Assembly Chairman
Subash Chandra Nembang said that he will initiate discussions
with the leaders of the political parties to stop meaningless
elections to the Prime Minister and to resolve political crisis
in the country.
An all-party meeting agreed upon
extending the term of the high-level taskforce which was set up
on October 11 to address the contentious issues related to the
new constitution by 11 days.
Unspecified numbers of UCPN-M
cadres were arrested on the charge of extorting foreign tourists.
A Police squad of Dolakha District arrested Maoist cadres while
the latter were forcibly collecting donation from foreign tourists
in Lankuridanda of Dolakha District.
Defense Minister Bidya Devi Bhandari
claimed that the constitution drafting process remains solely
disrupted due to the Maoists. She said that the Maoist combatants
languishing in the UN-monitored cantonments and their weapons
are two things that have clearly delayed the constitution drafting
process, adding that unless the important task of integration
and rehabilitation of Maoist combatants and weapons is not completed,
there can be no headway on the issue.
The 13th round of Prime Ministerial
election took place at the Legislature Parliament. NC leader Ram
Chandra Paudel was the sole candidate in the election.
UCPN-M Chairman Prachanda said
that a trilateral discussion including China and India will only
resolve political deadlock in the country. Prachanda said such
a discussion will be taking place in the near future.
The UNMIN said that it is unaware
about the recent China trip of Maoist PLA ?commanders?. The Government
had dispatched a letter to UNMIN on October 25 seeking clarifications
on the Maoist commanders? China visit. "The agreement related
to arms and combatants has the provision for taking leave the
Maoist commanders took leave as per the same provision. But we
replied the Government that we were not informed about their China
trip," said UNMIN spokesperson.
NC parliamentary party leader
Ram Chandra Poudel failed to get elected as the Prime Minister
in the 13th round of election conducted in the legislature parliament.
Poudel secured 98 votes while two votes were polled against him.
44 lawmakers went for 'no vote' option in the ballot paper. Altogether
144 lawmakers participated in the voting. Meanwhile, the Business
Advisory Council set the next round of PM elections for October
29 at 3pm (NST).
Chairman of TMLP, Mahanta Thakur,
said the prevalent political deadlock ailing the country is the
direct result of the attempt by UCPN-M to come to power without
first completing the important task of integration and rehabilitation
of their combatants.
The UCPN-M vice-chairman Baburam
Bhattarai warned that confrontation would develop if his party
was ignored and the budget for the current fiscal year was presented
as it is. Bhattarai told journalists at the Pokhara airport that
it would be of an anti-democratic character to bring budget without
holding consensus with UCPN-M which is the biggest party in the
The care-taker Prime Minister
Madhav Kumar Nepal said in Dang District that foreign forces have
no influence in the nation. The foreign interference and lack
of coordination among the political parties in the country are
nothing but irresponsible rumors, he asserted.
The Caretaker Prime Minister Madhav
Kumar Nepal claimed that the UCPN-M are preparing for what they
often call 'people's revolt?. The UCPN-M's reluctance to manage
their combatants and the recent foreign trip of Maoist combatants
are an indication of the Maoists trying to stage ''revolt'', he
UCPN-M decided to postpone the
party's extended plenum to November 21. Citing the upcoming Eid
festival of Muslims, the party postponed the plenum meeting
for the third time. Earlier, the date of the plenum was set for
November 14. The venue - Gorkha District - for the plenum, however,
The UCPN-M chairman Prachanda
rejected an invitation for a Constitutional Council meeting to
be held on October 31. The Office of the Prime Minister and the
Council of Ministers (OPMCM) had sent a letter to inform Prachanda
about the meeting. However, Prachanda refused to receive the letter
saying the meeting was called without consulting him.
Police arrested three persons,
including a UNMIN-verified UCPN-M cadre, for their alleged involvement
in blasts in front of the Constituent Assembly building on May
22, 2010 and July 6, 2010 and extorting Dhading-based teachers
and businessmen. A special taskforce of MPCD arrested them in
Three cadres of the Sanghiya Limbuwan
Rajya Parishad (SLRP) were arrested by Police for seizing documents
from EC officials deployed for issuing electronic voter identity
cards in Dharan of Sunsari District. Parishad's District president
Dambar Khujum, District secretary Bhim Idhing and Amit Thewe were
arrested from Dharan.
The NC Parliamentary Party leader
Ram Chandra Poudel, the sole candidate in the Prime Ministerial
race, faced his fifteenth defeat. In the elections 96 lawmakers
voted for the proposal to elect Poudel as the new Prime Minister
and 2 voted against him, while 31 lawmakers stayed neutral. The
16th round of the prime ministerial elections has been slated
for November 4.
CPN-Masal, a fringe communist
party, is going to formally merge with the UCPN-M soon. A meeting
of the leaders of both the parties decided to unite the two parties,
citing ideological proximity. They, however, decided to take decisions
on organisational matters in the next meeting.
Cadres of the CPN-UML abducted
Tula Ram Chaulagain (48), a cadre of the UCPN-M of Namdu VDC -9
of Dolakha District. Arjun Prasad Chaulagain, son of the abducted
and the secretary of the UCPN-M of Namdu VDC said a group of CPN-UML
cadres led by Shikhanath Rimal kidnapped his father while Tula
Ram was harvesting paddy.
It was revealed that the UCPN-M
has been keeping its disqualified combatants in a separate ?camp?
after their exit from UN-monitored cantonments. The former Maoist
soldiers, who were tagged ineligible by the UNMIN, are living
under the care of the mother party and its youth wing, YCL. The
party has said the fighters are under it until they are rehabilitated.
The Indian ambassador to Nepal,
Rakesh Sood in Kathmandu alerted Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign
Minister Sujata Koirala on the use of Nepali soil for organised
training of Indian Maoist. The embassy's letter claimed that more
than 200 Indian Maoists received 'organised' training in Dang,
Makawanpur, Nawalparasi and some Terai District.
The two-day residential ?secret-talks?
among the top leaders of the major three parties ?UCPN-M, CPN-UML
and NC - ended without a concrete agreement for ending the current
political impasse. Issuing a press statement after the talks the
political parties said, they talked on six difference issues including
new Government, constitution writing and army integration and
took four decisions. However, none of the decisions taken address
the political crisis the nation is going through.
Three cadres of the UCPN-M were
assaulted and injured by locals in Nuwakot District.
Dal Bahadur Saud, a 'company commander'
at the seventh division of the UCPN-M-affiliated PLA in Kailali
District killed a civilian, identified as Dambar Saud. The Kailali
District Police Office arrested Dal Bahadur and seven others in
connection with the incident.
The chief of PLA, the military
wing of the UCPN-M, Barsha Man Pun alias Ananta accused the Government
and Nepal Army of manufacturing a report about Nepali Maoists
imparting military training to Indian Naxalites [Left Wing Extremists].
The Deputy Prime Minister and
Minister for Foreign Affairs of the care taker Governent Sujata
Koirala expressed serious concerns about the media reports on
Nepali Maoists imparting training to Indian Naxalites and said
she would take up the issue in the next cabinet meeting.
UCPN-M Secretary Post Bahadur
Bogati warned that if the new constitution is not declared from
the Constituent Assembly then the people will declare the new
constitution from the streets, and that his party will be the
first to endorse it.
Prime Minister Madhav Kumar Nepal
asked Home Minister Bhim Rawal to investigate allegations about
Nepali Maoists training their Indian peers. A meeting held at
his residence decided that the issue would be forwarded to the
next Cabinet meeting and discussed seriously, an unnamed close
aide to the Prime Minister told.
CPN-UML leader K. P. Sharma Oli
accused the UCPN-M of opting to make Nepal a "failed state". According
to Oli, the Maoists are simply trying to endorse their decision
forcefully without showing any degree of compromise and flexibility.
Top leaders of the major three
political parties in the Constituent Assembly -UCPN-M, NC and
the CPN-UML - are meeting again for what they have called the
'decisive talks' to sort out the contentious issues in peace process,
constitution drafting and Government formation.
The Dhading District secretariat
of the UCPN-M suspended its two cadres, Tek Bahadur Tamang and
general member Rajendra BK charged with the murder of a CPN-UML
leader in Dhading District on October 20, 2010 from party membership.
Nepal Army (NA) objected to the
UCPN-M plan to include its cantoned combatants in the upcoming
extending Central Committee (CC) meeting. In a letter to the UNMIN,
NA wrote that, the participation of PLA in the meeting would be
a breach of Comprehensive Peace Accord and would even impact the
Minister for Culture and Parliamentary
Affairs Minendra Rijal appealed to the UCPN-M not to engage its
PLA combatants in its extended plenum. Speaking at a programme
organised by the Reporters? Club in Kathmandu, Rijal claimed that
initiating the participation of the PLA in the Maoist?s plenum
will invite further conflict.
Inspector General of Armed Police
Force (APF), Sanat Basnet that the Indian claim that the UCPN-M
was imparting guerrilla training to the Naxalites in India couldn?t
be proven. He further said that investigation carried out
by all the four Security Agencies of the Country - Nepal Police,
NA, APF and National Investigation Department - did not find any
evidence to corroborate the Indian claim.
UCPN-M Vice Chairman Baburam Bhattarai
said that his party is not in favour of infuriating the Security
Agencies while seeking a "dignified solution" to its
The MJF chairman Upendra Yadav
said that the UCPN-M should stop talking about army integration
if it involves cantoned combatants in the party's upcoming central
The UNMIN Chief Karin Landgren
urged the UCPN-M not to let the PLA attend the party?s plenum
to be held on November 21 and warned its participation in political
activity would violate peace accords signed by the parties.
The Deputy Prime Minister and
Foreign Minister of the care taker Government Sujata Koirala warned
that the Government will be compelled to take action against the
PLA combatants if they participate in the upcoming central plenum
of their party UCPN-M .
UCPN-M vice Chairman Mohan Baidhya
rejected Chairman Prachanda?s proposal to merge their two documents
into one to be presented at the party?s upcoming sixth extended
meeting scheduled to begin from November 21.
Police arrested Janakpur of Dhanusha
District town in-charge of the UCPN-M Pramod Karna and his brother
in-law Ratish Kumar Karna on charge of killing one Mukesh Datta.
The Superintendent of Police Dinesh Amatya claimed the duo was
involved in the murder of Datta on November 10.
Prime Minister Madhav Kumar Nepal
clarified that the caretaker Government is yet to find any clues
regarding the alleged training to Indian Maoists by the UCPN-M,
as has been claimed by Indian embassy in Kathmandu. However, he
maintained that the Government has taken the issue seriously.
UCPN-M said that it will discuss
with the UNMIN on the participation of the cantoned combatants
in its upcoming extended central committee meeting on November
The closed session of the UCPN-M?s
plenum started at Palungtar in Gorkha District. According to sources,
the Chairman Pushpa Kamal Dahal Aka Prachanda, and Vice-Chairmen
Baburam Bhattarai and Mohan Baidhya?will present their separate
proposals in the session.
The chairman of the UCPN-M Prachanda
said that he had not deviated from "the revolutionary path,"
or the Party. The media sources also claim that the position of
Prachanda seemed to impress the faction led by Vice Chairman Mohan
Baidhya. The rival faction led by Baburam Bhattarai, however,
found little to cheer about the party chief?s position.
The cadres of the UCPN-M assaulted
three NC and CPN-UML activists at Bijayashwori-9 in Rukum District.
The dispute arose between the UCPN-M cadres and NC and CPN-UML
activists over the appointment of a teacher at a local school
and the management of Amal Takura Youth Club.
According to the Chairman of MJF
Upendra Yadav accused UCPN-M of breaching the CPA by involving
their former combatants in the party's ongoing 6th
extended meeting being held in Palungtar of Gorkha District. Talking
to media-persons in Janakpurdham he said that the AISC should
take the matter seriously as the former Maoist combatants have
now been brought under it.
A UNSC delegation from the Working
Group on Children and Armed Conflict visited the Chulachuli of
Ilam District-based first division cantonment of PLA combatants.
The visit was aimed at checking whether the Maoists have adhered
to the work plan signed in December 2009 to stop recruiting, to
detach the already recruited underage combatants from the PLA
and to rehabilitate them in society.
The coordinator of Madheshi Mukti
Tigers? (MMT) talk?s team with the Government, Mangal Pande, warned
that the outfit would raise arms again accusing the Government
of not following the past agreements. He accused the Government
of arresting and murdering his cadres despite the fact that his
party has entered into peaceful politics and become public. "If
this trend does not stop soon, we will raise weapons," said
Pande, adding, "Despite our entry into peaceful politics,
the Government is trying to force us back to war."
The UCPN-M decided to continue
its struggle against "foreign intervention" in the country.
A Standing Committee meeting of the Maoists held at Palungtar
in Gorkha, where the party?s sixth extended plenum is underway,
took the decision to this effect.
Metropolitan Police Range personnel
raided a YCL camp in the Tundaldevi area of Baluwatar in Kathmandu
and arrested seven of YCL cadres. The Police had raided the camp
after it received complaints from the public that YCL cadres had
been 'abducting' people forcefully making them sign various documents
related to monetary transactions.
The meeting of
the UCPN-M Central Committee is to start from December 2. The
meeting will debate and make necessary amendment in the 'common
political document' presented by party chairman Pushpa Kamal Dahal
aka Prachanda. He prepared the common paper by incorporating
the views expressed by vice chairmen Mohan Baidhya and Baburam
Bhattarai in their respective documents.
Former Army Chief Rookmangad Katawal
claimed that the UCPN-M ideology has become obsolete and it cannot
bear any fruit. Speaking at an interaction in Kathmandu, he criticised
the former rebels for reneging on its words, and accused the latter
of violating the CPA by allowing their combatants to participate
in the recently held sixth extended meeting in Gorkha. "The Maoist
fighters' participation at the party's political meeting is gross
violation of the CPA," he said.
Normal life in the nine Districts
in the Eastern-Nepal has been hit hard following a banda (general
strike) called by FLSC demanding Limbuwan Autonomous State. The
urban areas in Jhapa, Morang, Sunsari, Ilam, Dhankuta, Panchthar,
Taplejung, Terathum and Sankhuwasabha remained affected due to
The cadres of
the UCPN-M abducted an Assistant Health Worker, identified as
Abdul Rahaman of Koshi zonal hospital of Biratnagar District.
Abdul was said to have been taken control by UCPN-M cadres-Ashok
Mandal and Saban Hussel-from Koshi zonal hospital premises and
kept in YCL office for interrogation. According UCPN-M cadres
Abdul Rahaman was a fake health worker and used to cheat the local
before the Army Integration Special Committee (AISC) that half
of the total former People's Liberation Army (PLA) combatants
living in cantonments should be put up for integration. Maoist
politburo member and PLA ?deputy commander? Janardhan Sharma informed
that his party has proposed that half of the over 19,000 UN verified
combatants should be sent for integration and the other half should
be considered for rehabilitation.
A cadre belongs
to the UCPN-M identified as Loknath Panth (42) was arrested by
Delhi Police along with 498 non-electric detonators and over 27
metres of wires. According to Police, this was the first time
that a Nepali Maoist was arrested from New Delhi along with explosives.
UN Under Secretary
General for Political Affairs B. Lynn Pascoe urged to move ahead
seriously on part of the political parties to make compromises
and agreements to take the peace process to a logical conclusion
The YCL cadres
attacked the members of the CPN-UML leaving two of its members
injured during a CPN-UML meeting in Rukum District. The CPN-UML
demanded that the Government take immediate action against YCL
cadres and called upon the UCPN-M to apologize in public for the
expressed its desire to help the PLA combatants kept in cantonments
across the country. A team of US Government authorities, including
Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for South and Central Asian
Affairs Alyssa Ayres, US Ambassador to Nepal Scott H DeLisi, his
two assistants and a representative of United Nations Development
Program (UNDP) said so during an inspection visit to Third Division
PLA cantonment in Shaktikhor, Chitwan.
The MJF-N announced indefinite
Nawalparasi District bandh (general strike) from in protest
of the misbehaviour meted out against its cadres. The MJF-N called
indefinite bandh alleging Superintendent of Police Krishna
Prasad Gautam of misbehaving with three cadres of the party on
Chairman of the UCPN-M Prachanda
said that it is high time for all universities and colleges of
the country to turn into "barracks" and students to become "militias"
to fight conspiracies against change.
The Vice-Chairman of the UCPN-M
Baburam Bhattarai directed students aligned to his party to be
ready of another protest. Addressing the students of the 18th
National Convention of ANNISU-R, the student wing of the UCPN-M,
Bhattarai said if anybody tried to obstruct the constitution-drafting
and peace processes, students would have to unite to launch a
The Vice-Chairman of the UCPN-M
Mohan Baidhya alias ?Kiran? said the party?s sixth extended
meeting had mandated it to launch a ?people?s revolt?. Addressing
an interaction on ?National Independence and People?s Republic?,
Baidhya said the Palungtar meeting has also urged the party to
fight for a people?s federal republic and national independence.
He said a communist party must be ready to split or merge with
others whenever necessary.
The UCPN-M declared
Sindhupalchowk, Rasuwa and certain parts of Nuwakot Districts
as Helmu autonomous region. UCPN-M leader Posta Bahadur Bogati
made the announcement amid a function at Helambu in Sindhupalchowk.
He added the region will be part of the party?s Tamsaling autonomous
The MJF led by
Upendra Yadav is likely to split over differences on alliance
with the UCPN-M. A group of MJF lawmakers had been expressing
dissatisfaction with chairman Yadav against is extreme inclination
towards the Maoists.
The Delhi Police
revealed that the arrested militant of the UCPN-M, Loknath Panth
(42), is a top level leader of the outfit. The Police also
confirmed that he is wanted in cases of waging war against Nepal.
Chairman Prachanda?s "unfair" dominance over the party,
the other two factions in the party? each led by Vice-Chairmen
Mohan Baidya and Baburam Bhattarai ? demanded the party to reshuffle
the PLA and other internal structures in line with the "changing
equations" in the party manifested after the Palungtar plenum
that was held on November 21, 2010.
Chief of the UNMIN
Karin Landgren sent letters to Prime Minister Madhav Kumar Nepal
and UCPN-M chairman Prachanda, asking them to clarify their positions
over issues related to monitoring of arms and armies as UNMIN's
arms monitors started preparations to withdraw from their duty
led by the UCPN-M have registered a proposal demanding the commencement
of a new process for electing the PM by the Parliament from its
session starting from December 19. Backed by six fringe parties,
Maoist Chief Whip Post Bahadur Bogati registered the proposal
at the Parliament Secretariat.
The cadres of
the CPN-M-Matrika smeared black on the face of Udayapur forest
in-charge, Shanta Muni Tamrakar. The Maoist cadres in two groups
smeared black on Tamrakar's face at his office today accusing
him of smuggling wood and carrying out financial irregularities,
informed the outfits District secretary, Sambhodhan.
A meeting of the
MJF Parliamentary Party decided to join the NC and the CPN-UML
in foiling the UCPN-M proposal to start a new process of Government
formation in the special session of the House.
of the Special Committee for the Integration and Rehabilitation
of Maoist Combatants proposed a five-phase action plan that aims
to conclude the process by 2013. Representatives of the UCPN-M,
however, registered their note of dissent over the proposal submitted
to the Special Committee. The Maoists stressed the need for a
"political decision" on the modality of integration
and the rehabilitation package before the enforcement of the plan.
released a document reputed to have been sent by the US embassy
in New Delhi to the State Department in Washington in which the
Embassy has mentioned that the Indian Government believes the
Nepalese Maoists sold arms to the Indian Naxalites [Left Wing
Extremists]. "The Naxalites have bought some arms from Nepalese
Maoists," mentions the cable dated April 18, 2006. However,
the document does not show any operational ideological link between
the Indian and the Nepalese Maoists.
The MJF-L led by Bijaya Kumar
Gachchhadar is in the verge of a vertical split with central committee
member Sanjaya Shah announcing a new group 'Madhesh Kranti Forum'.
Shah said that he and his supporters formed a new party as MJF-L
did not play an effective role in the Constituent Assembly on
the issues of Madhesh.
Minister for Peace and Reconstruction
Rakam Chemjong accused the UCPN-M of not willing to bring its
combatants under the Army Integration Special Committee. "The
Maoist proposal for extension of UNMIN's tenure is an attempt
to keep their combatants outside the command of the Special committee,"
minister Chemjong said at an interaction programme held in Kathmandu.
Government sent a letter to the
UN to leave behind its monitoring equipment and logistic support
after the mission?s departure next month. "We have sent a letter
requesting UNMIN to hand over logistics and other materials being
used in monitoring the People?s Liberation Army (PLA) combatants
to the Government after it leaves on January 15, 2011," Minister
for Peace and Reconstruction Minister Rakam Chemjong told.
The Chairman of
the RPP, Pashupati Shumsher Rana raised his suspicion that the
UCPN-M could misuse its combatants after the departure of UNMIN.
At least 30 civilians
were injured, eight of them seriously, when the cadres of the
UCPN-M attacked the locals at a secondary school in Phulbariya
of Siraha District.
The big three
parties ? UCPN-M, NC and the CPN-UML - agreed to call the regular
session of the legislature parliament by ending the ongoing special
of the UCPN-M, Baburam Bhattarai said the UNMIN?s term should
be extended until the completion of the peace process in the country.
Talking to the media persons after a programme organised in Kathmandu
Bhattarai clarified that he is in favour of extending UNMIN?s
According to the
figures made public by the INSEC in Gorkha District showed that
the UCPN-M tops the human rights violation incidents. The survey,
which was based on 16 incidents in the District, showed active
involvements of the Maoist in majority?11 of the incidents. It
was made public that the Maoist manhandled, threatened, and displaced
more than two dozen people in 11 different mishaps. "The Maoist
has been violating human rights right from the beginning of this
year," INSEC District Representative Bhim Lal Shrestha said, "However,
the Nepali Congress (NC) has also been violent to teachers, Maoists
cadres, and locals."
Two cadres belonging
to the JTMM-J including a coordinator of the outfit, were killed
in Police action in Rautahat District. The deceased have been
identified as JTMM-J coordinator Surendrabin Baniya alias Kamal
and Secretary Harish Chandra Sahani alias Umesh. The Police had
been searching Baniya and Sahani from a long time for their alleged
involvement in murder, abduction, extortion and other criminal
Ahead of UNMIN
scheduled departure in January 15, 2011, UNSC is divided on how
to respond if it receives a consensus request for UNMIN?s term
extension from Nepal. The UNSC, however, has four options at its
disposal, said Security Council Report, a New York-based think-tank
closely following the activities of 15-member UNSC. According
to the report, the divided UNSC could respond to the request by
either choosing to leave nevertheless or agreeing to renew the
mandate unchanged or deciding on a technical rollover (offer of
some weeks for the two sides to find common ground while giving
UNMIN an extension within a current mandate) of one to two months,
or renewing the mandate with changes reflecting a new role for
The Minister of
State for Physical Planning and Works Sanjay Kumar Sah has been
expelled from the post upon the recommendation of MJF-D. Prime
Minister Madhav Kumar Nepal ousted Shah as per the Clause 8 (c)
of the article 38 of the Interim Constitution-2063BS, informed
the Office of the Prime Minister and Council of Ministers.
group shot dead a cadre, belonging to the MJF, identified as Hari
Narayan Dev, (55), elder brother of MJF ?general secretary? Jitendra
Dev, in near Rajbiraj District. He was shot at when he was coming
to District headquarter Rajbiraj from his ancestral home in Boriya.
that the Government?s plan not to extend the tenure of the UNMIN
would create constitutional and legal complications. The UCPN-M
said the Interim Constitution and other components of the peace
process, including the CPA, do not imagine a scenario where the
UN arms monitor leaves before its job is completed.
The UCPN-M chairman
Prachanda proposed action against vice chairman Baburam Bhattarai
charging the latter of giving expressions in the media and public
functions against party policy and tradition. At the ongoing standing
committee meeting in party headquarters Parisdanda, Prachanda
proposed to activate the party?s discipline committee against
Bhattarai?s expressions in various public functions.
At least four
civilians were injured in a blast in Nepalgunj of Banke District.
The bomb, which went off at market area near a hardware store
at Surkhet road, also caused partial damage to some shops nearly,
according to Police. Following the blast, security has been stepped
in the District while all the shops were closed following the
The cadres belonging
to the FLSC-S faction assaulted the members of the RJM at Mukti
Chowk of Birtamod of Jhapa District in the course of its campaign
against federalism. The FLSC-S cadres attacked RJM members, including
vice chairman Bir Bahadur Gole, and disrupted the programme saying
the party had organised the programme without their permission
and that they had protested against federalism.
warned that the party would take stiff measures if the Government
continued arresting its cadres on charges of old cases. "Our
serious attention has been drawn by the revival of ?fake? cases
dating back to the armed conflict period at different parts of
the country, including in Okhaldhunga, Dolpa, Rukum, Salyan and
Nawalparasi," said UCPN-M Secretary C.P. Gajurel at a press
conference at the party headquarters in Kathmandu. Gajurel said
his party would wage a struggle against the Government if it didn?t
withdraw the cases at the earliest.
The UCPN-M wrote a letter requesting
the UN to extend the term of UNMIN. The letter has been dispatched
by UCPN-M Chairman Prachanda requesting the UN to extend UNMIN
mandate till May 28. It has been reported that the sample of the
letter has been received by UNMIN chief Karin Langren.
The UCPN-M vice chairman Narayan
Kaji Shrestha claimed that the party is not going to take disciplinary
action against another vice chairman Baburam Bhattarai. Speaking
at the Reporters' Club in Kathmandu Shrestha said the upcoming
central committee meeting called by party chairman Prachanda is
not meant to decide on what kind of action to take against Bhattarai.
"In a communist party there can be multiple streams of thoughts
and ideas. Nobody will be punished for expressing one's views,"