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Saturday, July 6, 2013



Kathmandu, 6 July: Spokesperson of the UCPN-Maoist Agni Prasad Sapkota has said that the people themselves would boycott those opposing and talking of boycotting the Constituent Assembly (CA) elections slated for November 19 this year.

Speaking in the regular spokesperson-media interface held at the party central office at Parisdanda today, he said special initiatives would be taken for having the participation of the political parties and groups opposing the CA election through talks and dialogue.

The meeting of the High Level Political Committee (HLPC) convened today also took a concrete decision to that effect, he added.

Stating that the CPN – Maoist could not boycott the election, the UCPN-Maoist spokesman said that since all the parties were one on the issue of federalism with identity, constitution with federalism and constitution through the Constituent Assembly, those opposing the election would have no relevance.

He said that his party was ready to hold discussions on expansion of the HLPC and the reconstitution of the Council of Ministers, among others, for creating an environment for polls, but ruled out any compromise regarding the annulment of the 11-point agreement signed on March 14 and the 25-point presidential decree regarding removal of the constitutional obstacles for holding the CA.

Spokesman Sapkota said that the extended meeting of the party's Central Committee scheduled for coming July 19 would settle the issue related to the organizational structure.

"Party chairman Pushpa Kamal Dahal 'Prachanda' has already prepared the preliminary draft of the organizational report to be presented in the extended meeting. This preamble of the document would be further enriched by the joint meeting of the different committees and bodies of the party organization to be held on July 9 which would be then tabled in the extended meeting for its ratification. In this way, the problem seen within the party would be resolved," he said.

UCPN-Maoist Vice chairman has not given up his membership of the party but only quit his post as Vice-chairman, said Spokesperson Sapkota. The extended meeting of the party would take tangible decision in this regard, he added.

Meanwhile, leader Sapkota said it was unfair to arbitrarily spend the national budget in the name of development at the end of the fiscal year and urged the government to discourage such activities, immediately.

Sapkota stressed on not bringing the populist programmes through the budget for the government has been just formed for the election purpose.


Kathmandu, 6 July: Chairman of the Council of Ministers, Khil Raj Regmi, has urged everyone to extend help from their respective places to hold the Constituent Assembly (CA) elections in a free and fair atmosphere on the stipulated, RSS reports..

Addressing a function organized in the capital city on the occasion of the 19th International Cooperatives Day on Saturday, Chairman Regmi said the avenues in different fronts would open after the CA elections.

Politics of negation would not do justice to anyone, he said, adding that the political parties need to assist in the election preparations by holding talks with the dissent parties.

On a different note, Chairman Regmi, said once the cooperatives movement was taken ahead effectively, the people suffering poverty would rise in economic status.

On the occasion, Drabyalav Saving and Credit Cooperatives, Mahaboudha, Kathmandu, handed Rs 251,111 to the Chairman for the assistance of the flood victims of Darchula district.

The UN General Assembly had declared every Saturday after July 5 as the International Cooperatives Day in 1994.

On this occasion, the National Cooperatives Association conferred this year's Best Cooperatives Award to the District Cooperatives Association, Lalitpur.

At the programme, Chief Secretary Leela Mani Poudel pointed out a need that forerunners of the cooperatives could play a lead role against the money-mongers.

Similarly, representative of the Indian Cooperatives Union, Dr Chandra Pal Yadav, and JICA Nepal representative said Nepal was in need of promoting the cooperatives based on agro products.

Former finance minister Bharat Mohan Adhikari said cooperatives was essential for cooperative feeling and economic development.

A book, 'Country Development through Cooperatives' penned by chairman of the National Cooperatives, Keshav Badal, was released on the occasion.


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