-  Tuesday 19 January 2021

Prachanda optimistic about April polls

 -  The Himalayan Times

Dec 30 2007, Kathmandu - Maoist chairman Prachanda today termed the third amendment to the interim constitution declaring the country a republic a “milestone” in Nepal’s political history.

“Though there lie some challenges ahead, it has, indeed, heralded a new era in the country’s political course. Monarchy would not stage a comeback again,” Prachanda told media persons after addressing a function organised by the Kathmandu Deaf Association.

He said the objective of the decade-long People’s War and repeated people’s movements has been fulfilled by the parliament’s decision to declare the country a republic yesterday.

“People can be assured of the fact that the constituent assembly election will be held by mid-April,” he said, adding that commissions mentioned in the comprehensive peace accord would also be formed soon after a seven-party meeting within a day or two. He said there would be no problem in holding election even in the Madhes, as most of the demands of the Madhesi community had been addressed.

He said the parties would soon form a mechanism to effectively run the interim government and decide on venues and dates of holding joint rallies in seven places across the country, as per the 23-point agreement. On his party joining the government, Prachanda said he met PM Girija Prasad Koirala this morning and gave a list of Maoist leaders to be included in the cabinet. He said they also asked the PM to appoint one state minister from his party in the Ministry of Peace and Reconstruction to run it impartially.

According to him, Krishna Bahadur Mahara would lead the Maoists in the cabinet. Other ministerial candidates include Dev Gurung as Local Development Minister, Hisila Yami as Minister for Physical Planning and Works, Matrika Prasad Yadav as Minister for Forest and Soil Conservation and Pampha Bhusal as Minister for Woman, Children and Social Welfare.

Bhusal was earlier recommended for ambassadorship to France but it is learnt that Paris shot down her name. Prachanda has also recommended names of Padam Rai and Nabin BK to the PM as state ministers for Local Development and Woman, Children and Social Welfare, respectively.

Source : The Himalayan Times

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