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    ‘King has no capacity to disrupt polls’

     -  The Kathmandu Post

    Dec 26 2007, KATHMANDU - Nepali Congress General Secretary Bimalendra Nidhi on Tuesday said that King Gyanendra no longer has any capacity to disrupt the upcoming Constituent Assembly (CA) elections.

    "Following the decision to amend the interim constitution, the king has no capacity any longer to disrupt the elections," Nidhi said, speaking at a program organized by Reporters' Club Nepal. "If the king attempts to do so, the interim parliament will immediately uproot whatever remains of the monarchy."

    Regarding the recent political understanding reached among the seven-party alliance (SPA), Nidhi said that the 23-point fresh understanding ensures the SPA's commitment to holding the CA polls by mid-April to turn the country into a federal democratic republican state.

    Urging armed groups agitating in the Tarai to shun the politics of violence, Nidhi said all agitating groups across the country should hold a dialogue with the government to resolve their problems in a peaceful manner and utilize the CA polls to later achieve their goals to the maximum.

    CPN-UML leader Bharat Mohan Adhikari informed that the SPA leaders have tentatively reached a consensus on holding the CA polls on April 9.

    In order to create a conducive environment for the CA polls, both the government and the Maoists should promptly fulfill their commitment by honestly implementing the agreement reached, he said.

    Maoist leader Dev Gurung said that his party was commitment to making the CA poll a success at any cost.

    Pasang Sherpa of Nepal Federation of Indigenous Nationalities urged the SPA and the government to ensure that they would not repeat past mistakes and defer the polls again.

    Amendment is totalitarian dictatorship: RPP-N

    Describing the Seven-Party Alliance's move to amend the Interim Constitution as "totalitarian dictatorship", Rastriya Prajatantra Party-Nepal said on Monday that such an act will not be acceptable to the people.

    "Our party strongly condemns the proposed amendment to the constitution as it bypasses the people and aims at converting Nepal into a federal democratic republic through a nominated parliament and at implementing this through the first meeting of the Constituent Assembly," said party chairman Rabindra Nath Sharma in a statement issued here on Tuesday.

    Sharma claimed that the decision was the result of inaction and incompetence on the part of ruling party leaders and was a violation of the basic principles of rule of law. "The Nepali people are the only authority to decide the system of government for the country and this nominated legislature does not have the right to do whatever it wishes, whenever it wishes."

    Source : The Kathmandu Post
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