KATHMANDU, April 2: Prime Minister Dr. Baburam Bhattarai has accused what he called the rightist faction in the CPN (UML) of trying to foil the works on army integration that is progressing.
Addressing the Newa State level party workers’ training organised by the UCPN (Maoist)’s Newa State Committee here today, he said the accusations leveled against him by the UML that he was backtracking from the army integration were baseless.
“I and our party, the UCPN (Maoist), are determined to complete the army integration process by April 12 by any means, and this means there is no question of backtracking from this process,” the prime minister explained.
Prime Minister Bhattarai said, “Instead it was from the UML side that statements going against the spirit of the army integration were made during the meeting of the Army Integration Special Committee meeting on Sunday.”
He reiterated that the army integration would be completed by April 12 under any circumstances and the task of constitution writing would be expedited as it is required that the new constitution should be promulgated within May 27 at any cost.
In a different context, Prime Minister Bhattarai said the government did not have any intention of demolishing the houses and roads in the inner lanes and alleys in the old and historic locations of Kathmandu, Lalitpur and Bhaktapur. He added that only the houses and structures constructed in the outer parts of the three cities by flouting the laws and the norms would be removed for beautifying the Kathmandu Valley.
The government has only evacuated the fake squatters, not the genuine ones, the prime minister said.
He said the government is soon going to launch a week-long cleaning campaign with the objective of turning Kathmandu Valley into a clean city and that he would also participate in that campaign.
Prime Minister Dr. Baburam Bhattarai has dispelled rumours he was backing out of the army integration process.
The prime minister has said that the proposal on integration brought by the Nepali Army has been prepared based on the discussions held many times among the political parties and that he was committed to concluding the integration process at the earliest as per this proposal.
A press statement issued by Bishwadeep Pandey, the prime minister’s personal secretary, states that the CPN (UML) representatives were presenting themselves in the latest meetings of the Special Committee in such manner as to create stalemate even on topics that have been agreed upon.
The statement also alleges the UML representatives on the Special Committee of launching a ‘Goebel’s styled’ propaganda.
“The prime minister is very resolute and committed to concluding the peace process within April 12 and issuing the constitution desired by the people within May 27 in keeping with the agreements reached before this,” the statement reads.
Through the statement, Pandey blamed the tendency of not accepting the proposal prepared during the time of the CPN (UML)-led government brought by the army and trying to carry out army integration in the manner of ‘recruitment’ rather than ‘integration’ has been actually impeding the army integration process. RSS
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