Prachanda’s two point bargain


KATHMANDU: UCPN Maoist supremo Puspa Kamal Dahal has rolled out two-point demands as conditions to cooperate in the drafting of the constitution and government formation.
The Maoist leader is said to have passed these demands to political party leaders and diplomats of major countries during his recent formal and informal talks with them.
Dahal aka Prachanda had recently held talks with Indian, Chinese, US and EU ambassadors on various dates after his party denied to cooperate in constitution drafting following a sweeping defeat in the CA elections.
Prachanda has asked political parties to create space for the CPN Maoist and its 33 political party alliance in the CA  and to form a high level commission to investigate into the alleged CA election fraud.
He has claimed that fulfilling these terms will enable him to discuss within his party constitution drafting agenda and secure party’s interest in the constitution drafting process.
Nepali Congress’s K P Sitaula and Ram Chandra Paudel, and CPN UML’s Madhav Kumar Nepal and Jhalanath Khanal have been positive towards these demands and have initiated discussion within their respective parties to fulfill Prachanda’s demand.
UCPN Maoist’s influential leader Narayan Kaji Shrestha confirmed the demands and said that his party is ready to participate in the CA if the political parties agreed to form a high level independent commission for investigating all alleged frauds in the election.