KATHMANDU: As the country has been paying the price of betrayal of UCPN-Maoist, Chairman Pushpa Kamal Dahal has conceded that he made three mistakes in handling the national politics following the peace process.
Speaking at a program organized in Pokhara on Wednesday, the Maoist chieftain said he would move forward by learning from the past mistakes.
He said his first mistake was not considering giving the presidential post to late Nepali Congress leader Girija Prasad Koirala after the completion of the first Constituent Assembly (CA) elections.
Likewise, Dahal admitted his mistake in trying to sack then Army Chief Rookmangud Katawal. He added that Katawal saga was the result of his immature working style after taking the reins of government. Similarly, Dahal made it clear that his third blunder was to not take the issue of state restructuring for voting at the CA.
Dahal, who lauded the role of late NC leader GP Koirala, said that he was the only one of the signatories of the peace accord and that there were both challenges and opportunities to lead the nation.
He also claimed that CPN-Maoist is assisting the royalists in their bid to resurrect monarchy in the country and regression. Dahal claimed that the royalists are hatching a conspiracy to derail the Constituent Assembly elections with the intent to bring back the monarchy.
He stated that the people are for the republic and asked the royalists to give up their daydream. “It’s unfortunate that the country did not get the new constitution from the Constituent Assembly,” he said, passing the buck to other parties for the CA’s debacle.
He also claimed that the Constituent Assembly (CA) elections will be held on the scheduled date of November 19 even if CPN –Maoist opts not to take part in the polls. Dahal also made it clear that the already agreed 11-point deal and 25-point ordinance brought to clear constitutional hurdles, cannot be scraped. He however said certain provisions of the agreements could be altered after discussion, should any differences arise.
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