Congress president says Maoists don’t have any other alternative to consensus

KATHMANDU: Nepali Congress (NC) President Sushil Koirala has said that his party is eager to move ahead through consensus and there is no alternative for the Maoists to tread the path of consensus.

“Weapon, intimidation, fear and terror do not work; therefore, Maoists should come to the path of dialogue and consensus,” President Koirala further said.

NC is not against the ethnicity-based federalism, he made it clear, stressing the need for delineating the least number of provinces where all the ethnic groups would be respected.

Opening the first convention of NC Myagdi-Kathmandu Liaison Committee in the Capital on Saturday, he said that the NC has initiated dialogue and discussion for consensus being sensitive to cut through the problems facing the country, however the Maoist-led government’s unilateral decision of announcing elections has drawn criticism from NC including other parties.

Party Central Member Arjun Narsingh KC noted that the Unified CPN (Maoist) has devised strategy to capture state power taking advantage of the anarchy stemming from ethnic unrest and warned that they would foil the Maoists’ vested interest to seize state power in the name of election.

Another central member Arjun Prasad Joshi claimed that no other parties except NC could give outlet to the current problems and deliver constitution in the country.

Youth leader Gagan Thapa compared the election to be held by the incumbent government to the polls that the deposed King Gyanendra conducted in the past and suggested that the NC should come up with clear roadmap and Prime Ministerial candidate to resolve the problems of the country.

NC, Myagdi District President Resham Baniya demanded judicious representation from Myagdi Congress in different structures of the party in the centre. RSS

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