Saturday, 28th February 2015

Country feels Girija Babu’s absence, Dahal tells Parliament

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UCPN (Maoist) chairperson Pushpa Kamal Dahal has told a meeting of Legislature-Parliament on Tuesday that the country is again feeling the absence of late leader Girija Prasad Koirala.

Taking to the rostrum in today’s parliamentary session, Dahal said he felt the absence of Koirala as there was no one left who could understand or realise the essence of peace process and the 12-point agreement.

"I feel incomplete talking from this stage today. Prime Minister Sushil Koirala repeatedly says he carries the legacy of Girija Babu. But if the past agreements are ignored and devalued, the country will come across a grave accident.”

“Honourable Speaker [Subash Nemwang], I see a picture where the country is plunging into a serious accident," Dahal said, lamenting the absence of someone who could understand the worth of the peace process, the historic people's movement, and the "people's war".

"You're saying that creating a mechanism for informal discussions among political parties will shadow the Constituent Assembly and the constitution. Honourable Speaker, which parliament did we ink the 12-point agreement in?"

The high-level political mechanism was formed in the previous parliament under the leadership of Girija Prasad Koirala, Dahal reminded the incumbent parliament.

"We are not in a situation where everyone could join the government. My statement does not mean that we want to be a part of the government, let everyone be clear about this," Dahal said.

"The four-point agreement includes the role of a high-level mechanism so that the ruling and opposition parties could sit together and play an important role of the facilitators to enact a constitution."

The dream of taking a mathematical decision could have worked in the present conspiracy, Dahal suspected adding that “lessons have been learnt in the past that mathematical decision does not ensure a solution.”  

“The government has started undermining the opposition, as it is working with pre-2053 B.S. mentality [before the Maoist conflict began] in an autocratic manner against its own commitment.”



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