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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 2678

Nepal Maoists on war path

Kosh Raj Koirala – Asian Tribune Correspondent in Nepal

Kathmandu, 01 June, ( A day after parliament Speaker Subas Nembang refused to allow their resolution against President Dr Ram Baran Yadav to enter into House for discussion, Unified Communist Party of Nepal (Maoist) on Sunday decided to launch a nationwide protest against the decision.

A central secretariat meeting of the largest party in the Constituent Assembly decided to encircle the District Administration Office in all 75 districts in the country from June 4 to June 12 with an active participation of its sister organizations against the decision taken by the parliament speaker.

The Maoist secretariat member Narayan Kaji Shrestha said the party’s sister organizations would launch a protest program called "Token Strike" in all villages across the country. The Maoist cadres will also hold awareness campaign among people.

The meeting concluded that the decision taken by parliament speaker to reject the resolution against president as unconstitutional, alleging that speaker’s move was against ‘civilian supremacy.’ The Maoists had filed a resolution motion against President Dr Yadav after he blocked the decision of the Maoist-led government to sack army chief Gen Rookmangud Katawal four months before he would get automatic retirement from the service.

The Maoist Chairman Puspa Kamal Dahal, who headed the government, had stepped down from the post of executive chief on May 4 after the president blocked his action. The decision to sack army chief turned controversial as four of the five coalition partners in the erstwhile government had boycotted the cabinet meeting that took the decision.

Likewise, the meeting also decided to disrupt the legislature session of the house against the step of the parliament speaker. However, the party decided not to obstruct the meeting of the Constituent Assembly during the process of constitution writing.

The Maoist has been staging various protest programs from the street and the house against the president's decision on May 3 to reinstate army chief Katawal.

- Asian Tribune -

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