Nepal: Will opposition to a fraudulent election sow the seeds of a new armed-revolutionary struggle?

[Three articles on the opposition to fraudulent elections follow. — Frontlines ed.]

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CPN-M threatens to disrupt polls

The Kathmandu Post

KATHMANDU, MAR 31 – An alliance of 33 parties led by CPN-Maoist on Sunday said they would only hold talks with President Ram Baran Yadav if the head of state assured that the ‘unconstitutional’ decision to form a chief justice-led government would be scrapped.
The alliance’s decision came two days after the four major forces and the interim election government decided to hold talks with agitating parties. The alliance, led by the breakaway Maoists, is disrupting the update of voter roll in districts and has warned to disrupt the proposed elections.
The meeting of the protesting parties held at CPN-M headquarters Buddhanagar concluded that it is meaningless to sit for talks with the current government formed by the “syndicate” of four major political forces.
“The current unconstitutional government has no status to hold dialogue with us,” CPN-Maoist Secretary Dev Gurung said. “We will only hold talks with the President.”
The agitating parties are preparing to handover a memorandum, requesting the Election Commission to halt the voter roll update on Monday. They have stressed that all the election-related activities should be halted until the constitutional process is brought into track by making an agreement between all parties over the new roadmap. A statement issued by CPN-M on the behalf of 33 parties urges the government and the Election Commission to stop all the election-related activities until there is a new cross-party agreement. The parties have also expressed reservations over the government’s preparation to introduce an ordinance against organised crime, which recommends stringent action for any activities aiming to obstruct elections.
“The plan to bring the ordinance is intended at suppressing the agitation. It shows that the government is just staging a drama in the name of holding talks,” adds the statement. The stance from the agitating parties came a day after President Ram Baran Yadav urged four major forces to hold dialogue with smaller parties to create a ‘favorable atmosphere for elections.’

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Chand warns of armed struggle

HIMALAYAN NEWS SERVICE, 29 March 2013

ITAHARI: The CPN-Maoist, which has been objecting to the formation of the election government under Khil Raj Regmi and polls, has started its anti-election campaign from Sunsari, as part of which members of Yuva Dasta or National Youth People’s Volunteers, aligned to the party, took out a rally in Itahari of the district today.

Around 1,000 Yuva Dasta members walked along the Itahari streets with lathis as they chanted slogans against what they called ‘four-party syndicate’, referring to the four major political forces — the Unified CPN-Maoist, Nepali Congress, CPN-UML and United Democratic Madhesi Front — which engineered the formation of Regmi-led government.

Most of the agitating Yuva Dasta members, who served as fighters during the war, warned of taking up arms to foil the elections and ‘establish one-party communist rule’ in the country. Addressing the rally, CPN-Maoist Secretary Netra Bikram Chand dubbed the proposed election for a constituted-writing body a farce and conspiracy. “We have to have at least one lakh youth members under our National Youth People’s Volunteers and disrupt the elections,” said Chand.

He also warned the major parties against even thinking of polls without his party’s participation and informed that the CPN-Maoist would step up its anti-election campaign in all development regions. “We will explode bombs and open fires at election booths if other parties pushed for polls ignoring CPN-Maoist’s call,” said Chand who also imparted training to youth members here. A leader said that Maoist Secretary Chand had directed the youth members to be ready for an another armed struggle.

© 2013 The Himalayan Times Publication

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[Note:  the Limbuwan Mukti Morcha is a group which demands autonomy in eastern Nepal, in the Terai. — Frontlines ed.]

Limbuwan Mukti Morcha warns of armed struggle

HIMALAYAN NEWS SERVICE, 2013-03-31

ITAHARI: The Limbuwan Mukti Morcha today warned of waging an armed struggle if Chief Justice Khil Raj Regmi-led Interim Election Government was not dismissed at the earliest.

Organising a press conference in Itahari‚ Limbuwan Mukti Morcha Chairman Bir Nembang demanded the dismissal of Interim Election Government and formation of a national unity government. He accused the four political forces of forming Regmi-led election government unconstitutionally.

Criticising the interim government as unconstitutional‚ undemocratic and anti-national‚ Nembang feared that Nepali people might lose whatever achievements gained through the past movements due to designs of four big parties’ syndicate.

Offering solution to the nation‚ Nembang said the country must go for a referendum to settle all contentious issues. “We shall try to gain the rights for Limbuwan through peaceful means‚ but if our peaceful agitation is suppressed‚ we shall wage an armed struggle‚” he warned. He also said people from India’s Darjeling would support them for greater Limbuwan state in the east of Nepal.

Limbuwan Mukti Morcha has put forward different demands including fully proportional electoral system‚ voting rights to those who have crossed 16 years old‚ among others. During the press conference‚ Federal Loktantrik Samajbadi Alliance spokesperson Padam Adhikary warned they will not participate in the Constituent Assembly election unless the incumbent government is dismissed.

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