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UML asks defectors back

  • Party appeals to ‘independent’ personalities to join in


The CPN-UML on Monday appealed to all the leaders who had defected from the party to return. The party has promised “appropriate responsibilities” to those who return.

In a statement, Ishwor Pokharel, coordinator of the party’s taskforce to look into unification with other parties, also called on independent people who have contributed positively to the society to join the UML.

The appeal comes at a time when Madhesi and Janajati leaders have been quitting the party expressing dissatisfaction at its position on the issues of identity and federalism. The latest to leave are Politburo member Ramchandra Jha and former lawmaker Lucky Sherpa, who have joined the UCPN (Maoist). Former UML Vice-chairman Ashok Rai has formed the Federal Socialist Party, Nepal while former central committee members Ajambar Kangbang Rai and Rizwan Ansari have joined the FSP.

Pokharel said the upcoming Constituent Assembly election is a test of conserving the gains of various movements, plurality, communal harmony and nationalism. “Therefore, it is clear that when the UML—which advocates peaceful transformation, social justice and nationalism—is weak, how can those practising the politics of violence and authoritarianism become strong,” read the statement. The party has also proposed unification with Left forces which are for “peace, democracy and change.”

Meanwhile, the agenda was taken up at the Politburo meeting on Monday. According to party spokesman Pradeep Gyawali, the appeal is targeted at those who quit the party during the conflict. The meeting also dwelt on the upcoming polls. Even though the polls were uncertain, he added, the meeting was for preparing for it.

According to Gyawali, the meeting took serious exception to Maoist Chairman Pushpa Kamal Dahal’s statement that the talks of holding the polls in December reek of conspiracy. “In fact, we sense conspiracy on the Maoists’ part to foil elections and discredit the incumbent government,” said Gyawali.

The meeting also dwelt on taking the Mohan Baidya-led CPN-Maoist and the Upendra Yadav’s Madhesi Janadhikar Forum-Nepal into confidence for the election.

Chairman Jhala Nath Khanal presented a political document, seeking the opinion of leaders as to how the UML should act in view of the election. Another meeting is scheduled for Tuesday.


Posted on: 2013-04-09 08:02