Only UCPN (Maoist) is serious towards CA polls: Pokhrel says

KATHMANDU: UCPN (Maoist) leader Lila Mani Pokhrel has accused the major political political parties, except the UCPN (Maoist), the President and the Election Commission (EC) of not being ready to hold the CA polls.

At an interaction at the Reporters Club on Monday, Pokhrel also claimed that the UML is on the verge of collapse.

“The UML is on the verge of collapse. All the UML leaders are joining the Maoist soon. So, the UML is not in favor of elections,” he claimed.

He was of the view that the Nepali Congress was also assessing its position in the elections. The NC too does not want the CA polls until the Maoists are likely to suffer a defeat, he claimed.

The current government is in the strategy to elongate its stay in power and the EC is also forwarding proposal to defer the elections, he argued.

Likewise, the President is fearing collapse of his post as the new President would be elected once the CA was formed.
Club’s Chairman Rishi Dhamala presided over the program.

At a time when the major political parties are sticking to scrap the major decisions of the erstwhile Baburam Bhattarai-led government, Pokhrel said the appointments and decisions would not be scrapped at any cost.

Also speaking at the program, NC leader Dr Ram Sharan Mahat said attempt to dislodge the provision of threshold in the CA was a conspiracy to defame the multiparty democracy. The NC would remain stick to its stance on threshold, he added.

Similarly, UML leader Pradip Gyawali said the CA elections should be conducted at any cost even by fulfilling all demands, except the government change, of the dissenting parties.

He said, “Chairman of the Interim Election Council Khil Raj Regmi should be ready to resign from the Chief Justice and the four-party political mechanism should be dissolved provided that the polls were guaranteed.”

He also stood firm on provision of threshold in the CA.