Nepal’s dissenting parties intensify anti poll activities

KATHMANDU: With the Constituent Assembly elections nearing in, dissenting political parties, led by the CPN Maoist, have intensified anti-poll activities across the nation.


On Friday, cadres affiliated to the CPN Maoist and its Sanghiya Limbuwan Rajya Parishad, assaulted election candidate in Taplejung constituency-1.


UCPN Maoist claimed that its candidate, Sanchapal Maden was attacked by the dissident parties at Mele VDC of Taplegunj in morning.


The party has further accused the dissidents of assaulting its cadres who were with Maden to support him as part of the election campaign.


Party officials at the district termed Nadem’s health condition as ‘critical’ and also flayed the police and security personals of remaining mute while he and his supporters were assaulted.

The party has accused that the five police personnel who were guarding Maden did not arrest any of the assaulters.


Police Book Dissenters


Police detained two key local leaders of Sanghiya Limbuwan Rajya Parishad, in Phidim, Panchthar on Friday for their involvement in poll opposing activities.


Lawahang Chemjong, the Parishad’s Panchthar district chairman, and Sangam Khanal, central member, were detained for their allegedly obstructing other political parties’ election campaign, announcing Panchthar an ‘election crisis district’, and issuing threats to the organisations that have provided accommodation to the temporary police and school principals.


Earlier, the Limbuwan cadres had obstructed the programmes organised by the UCPN-Maoist, Nepali Congress, CPN-UML and RPP-Nepal in several places including Durdimwa, Olane, Lungrupa, Ranitar, Yanganam and Mauwa.


Police claimed that they were arrested after they breached the election code of conduct by involving in anti-election activities.


Dissenters Stern Protests if Cadres Booked by Police

Meanwhile in Kathmandu, the CPN Maoist headquarters warned that it would take its anti-polls activities to next level, if its and its’ ally’s cadres were not released by the government at the earliest.


The party has denied involvement of its cadres in any violent activities, and accused the police force for detaining its party cadres even when they were protesting against the CA elections peacefully.

The party claimed that hundreds of party cadres and Limbuwan members have been arrested from various districts including Ramechhap, Jhapa, Ilam and Dhankuta.


“The arrests indicate the government’s fascist attitude,” CPN-Maoist spokesperson Pampha Bhusal said in a statement issued on Friday. She also charged government and political leadership of the country of hatching a conspiracy to send the country into civil war by mobilising Nepal Army in the elections.