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Nepal party may join hands with ex-king to protect ‘nationalism’


KATHMANDU (Agencies): CPN-Maoist, the breakaway faction of Nepal’s Unified CPN-Maoist, yesterday said that it could join hands with former king Gyanendra for the sake of protecting “nationalism”.

CPN-Maoist chairman Mohan Vaidya said that there could also be collaboration with the former king, “who carries true feelings of nationalism”.

Sixty-year-old Gyanendra’s reign ended in 2008 when the constituent assembly declared Nepal a republic and abolished the monarchy.

At a function in Nuwakot district, Vaidya also said that there was no alternative to the formation of a greater front with all the nationalist forces including the former king on this issue.

CPN-Maoist is leading a 33-party alliance which is opposing the interim election government’s plan to conduct constituent assembly polls on November 19.

Vaidya made it clear that the alliance could have a partnership with anyone on the issue of nationalism.

He, however, did not elaborate how and from which side nationalism faces threat.

Claiming that the upcoming elections will not solve Nepal’s problems, the dissenting fringe parties have said that it would rather invite a bigger national crisis as the polls were announced by “an unconstitutional government” without ensuring consensus among political parties.

The parties have been demanding that the current Khil Raj Regmi-led dispensation be replaced with a political party-led government and the election scheduled for November 19 be deferred.

The government recently sent an invitation to Vaidya and his alliance for talks in an attempt to convince the protesting parties to participate in the upcoming polls.

Stating that it was positive of the government to invite them for talks, Vaidya said that they would agree to talks only if they are held without any preconditions.

On Sunday, the CPN-Maoist alleged that some foreign missions were interfering in the country’s internal affairs and appealed to the world community not to support the forthcoming constituent assembly elections.

The alliance has claimed that foreign ‘meddling’ in Nepal’s internal matters such as the electoral process and drafting of constitution, was ‘weakening Nepal’s sovereignty and democracy’ and want the polls to be deferred.

The dissenting call came at a time when the CPN-Maoist has been invited by the government and the high-level political committee for talks to resolve the prevailing political crisis in the country.

In a statement issued on behalf of the 33 parties, CPN-Maoist secretary Dev Prasad Gurung described some foreign envoys’ public speeches and political parleys with Nepalese stakeholders as “increasing diplomatic manoeuvring and interference in domestic affairs of Nepal”.

The alliance, in its statement, without naming any country, criticised what it called “diplomatic endorsement” of recent “unconstitutional, illegal and anti-nationalist moves” such as formation of the current dispensation under the leadership of a chief justice and distribution of citizenship certificates to immigrants with an “ulterior motive to reduce Nepalis to minority”.

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