-  Tuesday 19 January 2021

SPA steering committee asks govt to fulfill just demands of disgruntled groups

 -  Kantipur

Kathmandu, Jan 16 2008 - The Seven-Party Alliance (SPA) steering committee Wednesday decided to direct the government to take immediate steps to address the just demands of all disgruntled groups, including the Madhesi, janjatis, Dalits and women in the run-up to the Constituent Assembly elections.

A meeting of the high-level coordination committee of the SPA held at the Maoist headquarters at Buddhanagar this morning has also called upon all agitating sides to refocus their attention towards the critical vote slated for April 10.

Nepali Congress General Secretary Bimalendra Nidhi said that the meeting decided to seriously dwell on the demands put forth by the disgruntled groups after the leaders noted that the elections cannot be “ensured unless the just demands were addressed.”

Emerging from the meeting, Maoist Chairman Prachanda said, “We discussed about the Madhesi problem at length. One of the decisions is that the government must clearly inform the Madhesi people about all the agreements reached with them till now.”

“Another decision that the government must call the agitating groups in Madhes, especially the party led by Mahantha Thakur from today itself,” he added.

He also informed that the SPA leaders have also agreed to expose the elements who intentionally want to scuttle the CA elections under various pretext.

The committee has appealed the government to initiate the dialogue process with the agitating groups in the Terai.

The meeting chaired by the Maoist Chairman also discussed other burning issues such as the border encroachment problem, challenges to effective implementation of the 23-point agreement among the top SPA leaders, including the integration of the Maoist combatants.

Forms taskforce on local bodies

The meeting has also formed a taskforce under Minister for Local Development Dev Gurung to give recommendations on ways to run the local bodies that lay vacant for years.

The taskforce has been asked to submit its recommendations within five days.

Similarly, Nepali Congress has appointed Dr Prakash Sharan Mahat and Nepal Workers and Peasants Party has appointed Sunil Prajapati as the members of the taskforce formed by the SPA to chalk out the mechanism to run the local bodies.

The other parties had finalised their members for the taskforce yesterday.

The meeting also decided to conduct more homework on the modus operandi for the steering committee, which the top SPA leaders will chair in a rotation-basis.

Today’s meeting also condemned the controversial remarks in the favour of monarchy issued by Congress leader and minister Sujata Koirala.

Yesterday’s meeting was largely overshadowed by Koirala’s remarks and hooting by the Maoist cadres during the speech delivered by Congress leader Sher Bahadur Deuba during the first joint electoral campaign of the seven parties in the capital a few days back.

The meeting had also discussed the formation of a mechanism to run the local bodies.

Source : Kantipur

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