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CPN-M floats pre-condition for participating in polls

KATHMANDU: Amid pressure from national and international level not to boycott the upcoming elections of the constituent assembly, the CPN-Maoist led by Mohan Baidya on Thursday floated four conditions to participate in the upcoming Constituent Assembly elections.

The party has demanded that four major political parties scrap the 11-point agreement to form an election government under Chief Justice Khil Raj Regmi, dissolve the current government and organize a round table conference to form a government of national unity. Publicising the decision of the party Politburo meeting, Chairperson of the party Mohan Baidya said that his party would start their protest programs against the current election government from April 6.

If the preconditions are not met, we will boycott the elections, said party General Secretary Ram Bahadur Thapa at a press conference organized by the party.

“There is no meaning of CA polls that would be held without addressing and implementing these demands, and in such circumstances, there is no alternative but to boycott the polls,” said the party in the statement. “If the demands are ignored, the president, the government, and four major political parties will be responsible for the consequences”, further reads the statement.

The news comes a day after representatives of the international community urged the party not to boycott the elections, at an interaction program organized by CPN-M in the Capital. The party has been warning to boycott the elections amid speculation that it does not have party base and many leaders of the party returning to the mother party. On Wednesday three central committee members of the party returned to the mother party UCPN-Maoist.

Published Date: Thursday, March 21st, 2013 | 10:43 AM

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