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We can’t wait for elections even if Baidya faction does not come for it: Shshil Koirala (President-Nepali Congress)

How the election is taking place on November 19?

All the major political parties have been directed for elections and efforts are on to bring other dissenting parties on board. The election program has already been publicized. Not only internal there is a concern related to Election at the international level as well. International communities have been assisting for the election in Nepal.  If some suggest that there should be peace, development and stability that is not negative thing.  International communities have been supporting us from the money of their tax payers. They have been in favor of peace, development and stability in the country through the election of the constituent assembly. So, I am also feeling that there is conducive environment for elections.

It is said that top leaders of the major political parties are not in favor of elections?

You can say who is not in favor of election as you have been closely observing the political situation of the country. Their statement is irrelevant one.

The leaders of four political parties have been raising suspicion to the intention of Maoist Chief Prachanda. Isn’t it?

I don’t know what is cooking inside his mind but he is expressing commitment for the election. In the past he used to face criticism for changing his stance time and again, so, if his commitment is not like that he is committed for election. If he deceives this time also his political carrier will end.

How the election will take place without taking Baidya faction to the board?

I have already held talks with them two or three times and I am still ready for the talks. However they have been reiterating that all things should be done from the beginning, which is not possible. We have been reminding them about the reality but they have not been convinced. If they continue their stance we can’t wait them. It is not possible to leave the country in standstill in the name of some force not coming for the elections.

Do you think the election without participation of Baidya group can give outlet to the country?

We want to bring them for elections. He is also the teacher of Prachanda, so, he should be responsible. All the demands could not be fulfilled. There could be agreement if they sit for dialogue and agree on some give and take. They could have representation in the government and the High Level Political Committee if they come for agreement but the demand of resignation of the government will not be fulfilled. We have been briefing them about democracy, nationality and current situation of the country. Only unilateral stance can’t work.

Do you agree on Round-table conference?

The round-table conference is talking place every day as the leaders of different political parties meeting and discussing on different issues. If they say there should be fresh start of everything, we could not accept it.

Girija Prasad Koirala compromised for constitutional monarchy for bringing Maoist on board, so, would it be possible to reach into consensus to bring Baidya faction on board by compromising on some issue?

We can’t do it unilaterally. First they have to come for talks and we can reach into consensus there. We are ready to dissolve the High Level Political committee if they come for talks.

It is said that the Baidya group does not come for elections at any cost. Is this correct?

Nepali Congress is a responsible party. It does not talk haphazardly. We will continue to bring the Baidya group to the elections till the last moment. We tried to convince Rana, Panchyat and the King but they could not get convinced so they vanished. People have already involved in elections so if they oppose the elections people will not leave them. People will not tolerate to those who are trying to disrupt the elections.

Will Baidya be able to disrupt the elections?

People became aware, so, they will boycott those who are boycotting the elections. They will be in isolation. There will be election on November 19 and Nepali Congress is in favor of that.

So the election will not defer.

All the issues moved forward, so, the election will not defer. We should not do negligence with the issue of election. We should concentrate for utilizing the natural gifts of the country rather that creating conflict.

But all should take part in the election of the constituent assembly. Isn’t it?

Yes, all should take part, so, we are continuing our efforts for that. Nepali Congress has been continuing its efforts for the development and stability of the country. We all have been discussing these issues. We will not leave behind for fulfilling our responsibility towards the country and people.

Would you be able to bring the dissenting parties to the elections?

We have been continuing our efforts. They should tell the bottom-line of talks. I am confident that the Ashok Rai and Upendra Yadav led factions will come for elections as they have different demands than the Mohan Baidya led CPN-Maoist. We should go for win-win situation through talks rather than reiterating own stance.

Are you ready to go for 601-member CA?

Nepali Congress has not agreed for that. The issue came to the discussion but the people have criticized it saying the number will make the country poor as it is not essential for the small country like Nepal.

Why India is in favor of holding elections in Nepal?

Not only India, China, America, European Union, Russia all are in favor of elections in Nepal. They are in favor of elections for the peace and stability in Nepal. What will happen of the countries which are supporting us suggest for holding the elections for peace and elections in the country. In India I informed that we are holding the elections and they supported it.

Published Date: Saturday, August 17th, 2013 | 10:24 AM

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