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With Maoist adopting more strict protest against election; will election be possible on Nov. 19? (News Analysis)


KATHMANDU: With the alliance of 33-political parties holding various programs to oppose the election of the constituent assembly and four political parties deciding to go for the poll even neglecting the poll opposing alliance, it seems difficult to conduct the election on the stipulated time.

The 33-party alliance has been running aggressive campaign for poll boycott as its attempt to take part in the election failed after the four major parties denied two of their principal demands deferring the election date and removal of the incumbent Chief Justice led government. Although both the sides said they are open for dialogue there seems slim chance that they could find consensus as they have difference in the fundamental issues.

It was expected that the party would take part in the elections as chairperson of the CPN-Maoist Mohan Baidya is preparing to hand-over party leadership to young generation as he became old and leaders like Ram Bahadur Thapa, CP Gajurel, Dev Gurung, Pampha Bhusan and Hitman Shakya are in favor of election despite Netra Bikram Chanda opposing the election. However the situation is different as party insiders informed that both the sides (those who are in favor of utilizing the election and those who are opposing the poll and are in favor of people’s revolt) have been involved in intra-party rift and it is unlikely that the party will take any decision sometime soon.

Although party chairperson Baidya is in favor of people’s revolt he has very less say in the party as he is surrounded by party leaders which are against such line. Baidya has also agreed to take part in the election with the influence of party leaders like CP Gajurel and others but the group also decided to go for the agitation along with Biplav after the ruling parties do not allow any space to them to take part in the election. Of late the Maoist party has united to the agenda of boycotting the election slated for November 19 and announced various protest programs including Nepal Bandh.

CPN-Maoist has announced various protest programs including Nepal Bandh (shut-down strike) for September 25 and 26 and announced various regional level bandh and protest programs. The party has announced Eastern Region Bandh on September 11 followed by bandh of Central, Western, Mid-Western and Far Western Regions. The party announced bandh on September 26, which is the date for filing candidacy for the elections of the constituent assembly. The party has also made the plan for shaming the candidates of all 240 constituencies and take appropriate action against them. According to the party source, the party plans to have physical action against candidates. The party has formed various groups at the district level to oppose the CA election. The Maoist party has the policy of not starting the armed revolt immediately but force the state state of emergency. They believe that if the state of emergency was declared it would have impact in different sectors and which will in the long run help to defer the elections of the constituent assembly.

According to Maoist source, the party is planning to conduct various violent programs after forming the platoon so that the state will be forced to declare state of emergency. Although the Maoist party is adopting such a dangerous plan, the government and the political parties have not taken the issue seriously. They are believing that Maoist do not have such capacity. However if the Maoists are as weak as anticipated by the government and the major political parties election could be held on November 19 as expected by them otherwise it will take the country towards more crisis and conflict.

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