Mohan Baidya says his party will not participate in CA election in present status

KATHMANDU: CPN-Maoist Chairman Mohan Baidya has ruled out the chance of participation in the upcoming CA election until the 11-point agreement and 25-point order were scrapped.

“We have sacrificed blood for CA election but we are not going to participate in the poll under the status quo,” he said at a program in the capital on Sunday.

Baidhya was speaking at an interaction organized by the 33 agitating political parties.

“New government from among the parties should be formed by scrapping the March 15 agreement and CA election should be conducted by forging consensus in contents of the new constitution,” he said.

He said conflict resolution is not likely by sidelining a faction of participants of decade-long people’s war.

Likewise, CPN (UML) General Secretary Ishwor Pokhrel said that CA election under current situation is not possible if the demands of the agitating parties were not addressed.

All parties should be flexible to bring the agitating parties in election as CA election was something different from the general election.

Also speaking at the program, Nepali Congress leader Dip Kumar Upadhyay said there was no alternative before the agitating parties other than to take part in the elections.

Similarly, Vice-chairman of Federal Socialist Party Bijay Subba and General Secretary of Madhesi Janadhikar Forum, Nepal, Ram Sahay Yadav said an all-party conference should be conducted by scrapping the March 15 agreement for holding new election.

Likewise, political scientists Prof Krishna Khanal and Prof Dr Surendra KC said the new CA would be able to draft the new constitution if the earlier mistakes were corrected by reviewing the causes of failure of the erstwhile CA.