Tomorrow’s protest not final show of strength: Bhattarai

Senior Unified CPN-Maoist leader Baburam Bhattarai today said the mass meeting to be held in Kathmandu on February 28 would not be the final show of strength of the opposition alliance.

The 30-party alliance is holding a mass rally in Kathmandu on Saturday, which is being interpreted as the opposition’s show of strength.

Addressing an interaction organised by Revolutionary Journalists’ Association here today, Bhattarai said the nine-point understanding reached between the Nepali Congress and the CPN-UML onNovember 3 was the root of current political problems. Bhattarai claimed if the new constitution was framed on the basis of ruling parties’ nine-point proposal, it would be a revival of the constitution of 1990 sans monarchy.

He said his party had been fighting for the Constituent Assembly since 1990 but the formation of the Proposal Drafting Committee had put a question mark on the CA.“We did not want to join the CA after the second CA election but eventually decided to join it after the parties reached a four-point agreement and I agreed to head the Constitutional-Political Dialogue and Consensus Committee,” he added.

He also stated that Prime Minister Sushil Koirala and CPN-UML Chairman KP Sharma Oli had failed to grasp the spirit of 12-point agreement, which, according to him, clearly underlined the promulgation of the new constitution based on consensus between its signatories.When asked why he was leaving for India immediately after the mass meeting on February 28, he said he needed to attend a political function in Mumbai on March 1.

Talking to The Himalayan Times, Bhattarai’s aide Bishwodip Pandey said the former prime minister would call on India’s President Pranab Mukherjee in New Delhi on March 3.

Pandey said efforts were being made to fix Bhattarai’s meeting with other top Indian officials, including Prime Minister Narendra Modi and newly-elected Chief Minister of New Delhi Arvind Kejriwal in New Delhi, where Bhattarai would go from Mumbai.Sources said Bhattarai would apprise the Indian leadership of the deadlock in the Nepal’s constitution-drafting process and his party’s views on it during these meetings.He is expected to return home on March 5.

Source: THT