-  Monday 21 October 2019

Maoists revive parallel govt

 -  Southasian Media

Kathmandu, Feb 07 2008 -  A meeting of the United Revolutionary People’s Council headed by Maoist leader Dr Baburam Bhattarai yesterday decided to reactivate the council to help carry out development works and resolve problems faced by the people at the local-level. Maoist chairman Prachanda was also present in the meeting. A statement issued at the end of the meeting said that the body is being revived, as the local bodies could not be revived as per the November 23 accord reached among the constituents of the seven-party alliance.

The council was functioning as a parallel government before the CPA was signed between the government and the CPN (Maoist) in November 2006. The accord had binded the Maoists to dissolve the parallel bodies.

A meeting of the coordination committee of the seven-party alliance on Monday had decided not to revive the local bodies.
The meeting of the URPC also decided to launch a model development project in each village development committee and municipality of the 11 autonomous state councils and two sub-state councils.

The council decided to launch an integrated election campaign in all the constituencies focussing on the constituent assembly election.
The meeting restructured the council headed by Dr Bhattarai. Krishna Bahadur Mahara and Dev Gurung have been appointed as joint coordinators.

Breach of pact, say NC, UML, UN:

The NC and the UML reacted sharply to the Maoists’ decision to revive their parallel government. NC leader Dr Prakash Sharan Mahat and UML leader Rajendra Pandey, who are members of the SPA task force formed to suggest a way to revive local bodies, said the Maoists’ move was “against the comprehensive peace accord.” Mahat said: “I have not gone through the text of the decision. But, it is against the peace process and spirit of the CA polls.” He said the Maoists had agreed not to revive the local bodies till the polls. Pandey said the move was against the peace pact. UNMIN chief Ian Martin said the revival of the URPC would be a breach of the CPA.

“I am yet to go through the Maoists’ decision,” he said, adding: “I will talk to the Maoist leaders soon and seek a clarification on it”.

Source : Southasian Media
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