Monday, September 03, 2007

The MJF Dispute: Got To Seek Middle Ground

The agreement does not say the MJF will now no longer want completely proportional elections to the constituent assembly. The door to such a possibility has been left open. That is key. The Maoists are still calling for completely proportional elections as are four major ethnic groups, and several other Madhesi groups.

Getting respect for the martyrs and the injured of the Madhesi Kranti has been a key achievement.

But the agreement has said if completely proportional elections can not be secured, the MJF will still contest the November 22 elections. That is important.

There are many things that we have to get through the constituent assembly, not before it. The shape and form of federalism is one such thing. Republic is another. The idea that we should get our Madhesh state and our republic from Poudel Bahun is ridiculous. Who is Poudel Bahun? He is a nobody. It is for the Nepali people to give us federalism and a republic. It is for the Madhesi people to give us the Madhesh state. We have to go to them. I am all for giving equal status to Hindi as to Nepali. But that too will have to be decided by the constituent assembly, not before.

Four central leaders have gone on and said Upendra Yadav has been expelled. The MJF national convention will take place soon. If Upendra Yadav should be expelled, he should be expelled at that convention. That is the only way to do it.

On the other hand, the MJF is a democratic party. It is perfectly okay for leaders and members of that party to hold open, elaborate discussions on the agreement as on other things.

Upendra Yadav, on the other hand, I think should maintain calm, and not hurry up to expel the dissidents. Instead he should work extra hard to sell the peace agreement to all his central leaders and district leaders and to ordinary members as well as the Madhesi masses. He should tackle the criticisms one after the other and try to bring the dissident leaders back into the fold.

The need of the hour right now is not a Madhesi Movement. The need is the formation of a Madhesi Alliance. The need is to prepare for the polls.

The dissident leaders must realize that what they intend to do and what they will end up doing are two different things. They intend to do right by the Madhesi cause. They intend to bring full equality for the Madhesi masses inside Nepal. That is commendable. But what they will end up doing with their proposed plan of action is they will divert attention away from the election and they will weaken the party and the cause.

You can't let the best be the enemy of the good. Politics is the art of the possible. If you are so disheartened with this one compromise, wait until you are inside the constituent assembly. You will have to enter into numerous compromises. You will not get everything you want. That is how the democratic process works. You will need two thirds votes in the constituent assembly to put anything into the next constitution for the country. The MJF will not have two thirds of the votes on its own. So you will have to work with everyone. That includes the Maoists.

The issues raised by the dissidents are sound. But now they all have to be turned into election issues, not movement issues. Besides, a movement is not possible. Maghe Kranti was different. That will not be repeated any more than the April Revolution will be repeated. Anyone who attempts a repeat of the Madhesi Kranti is going to look like a fool at this point. It will not happen. Forget it.

The Madhesi Kranti was bigger than the April Revolution. Turn the November election into something even bigger than the Madhesi Kranti.

Kranti nahin chunav chahiye.

A vertical split in the MJF will hurt the Madhesi cause. Don't even think about it.

If the MJF forms a coalition of all groups and parties that want completely proportional elections, I am all for it. And the current agreement between the MJF and the government does not bar the MJF from engaging in such a coalition building.

This is where Upendra Yadav and the dissidents can meet again.

There are no permanent friends and permanent enemies in politics. It makes a lot of sense for the MJF to seek common ground with the Maoists and the Dalit and Janajati groups on the issue of completely proportional elections to the constituent assembly. Such a move on the part of the MJF does not break the agreement reached with the government.

I do not doubt Kishor Kumar Bishwas' commitment to the Madhesi cause. Neither should Upendra Yadav. But both have to be careful not to break or weaken the party.

They should build on the agreement and find new common ground around the idea of seeking a broad alliance for the Dalit and Janajati groups and the Maoists around the idea of completely proportional elections to the constituent assembly. Both Upendra Yadav and Kishor Kumar Bishwas must come together again around this idea.

The Madhesi MPs And The Idea Of A New Party
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In The News

MPRF ‘ousts’ Chairman Yadav Kantipur Four of the seven secretariat members of Madhesi People's Rights Forum (MPRF) on Sunday claimed MPRF chairman Upendra Yadav had been relieved from all his responsibilities effective from Sunday. ..... termed the 22-point deal reached with the government Thursday a 'betrayal' of Madhesi people. .... chairman Yadav said the secretariat has no right to take action against anyone. ..... Chairman Yadav said it is the responsibility of the chairman to call the meeting of the secretariat. "There has not been any secretariat meeting. This is illegal ..... Yadav also claimed the convention alone has the right to dismiss the sitting chairman. .... The dissenting MPRF faction also announced a fresh stir in Madhesh to help meet their 14-point demand.
JTMM-G ‘sacks’Goit Central committee meeting of Goit-led Janatantrik Terai Mukti Morcha (JTMM-G) suspended its central coordinator Jay Krishna Goit from the group's general membership alleging that the latter was engaged in embezzlement. A 2-day meeting of the group's "district coordinators and in-charges" at an undisclosed location that began on 31st August, took the decision to dismiss Goit while unanimously electing "Pawan" to the post. Goit was always indifferent towards the plight of "martyrs' families" .... also blamed Goit of calling for the JTMM-G's national convention at a time when it had to go against the Constituent Assembly polls.
EC allows 43 groups for CA election monitoring more than 70,000 observers to monitor the election. .... Subodh Pyakurel's National Election Monitoring Alliance has said it will mobilize 18,000 observers, whereas Suvadayak Sah's Democracy and Election Network, Nepal, has said that it will mobilize 12,000 observers.
All ready for unification: Deuba
Maoists want to deploy PLA for CA election for security as well campaigning purposes. ..... "We will meet with Koirala, Poudel and Martin tomorrow," Pasang said.
YCL submits memo to Sitaula
Villagers beat up Maoists Those injured during the counter-attack are Maoists' district member Man Bahadur Karki 'Baburam', Som Bahadur BK, Dil Bahadur Nepali and Ramesh Malla among others. ...... in Janakpur Local tailors at Janakpur Municipality closed the market protesting Young Communist League (YCL)'s excesses in Dhanusha ...... The irate mass chanted slogans against Maoists and vandalized the office of Maoist-affiliated All Nepal Trade Union at Mills area in Janakpur. They also set ablaze office documents. ..... Angry tailors protested against Maoists as YCL members and the Maoist affiliated tailor employees had manhandled Mohammad Jabir, the proprietor of a local tailoring shop Sunday. ..... Maoist-affiliated employees have been closing tailoring shops in Janakpur since last month demanding various professional rights. The scuffle ensued as some owners had opened their shops in defiance.
NAC sacrifices goats to fix technical snag
Govt suspects blasts as ploy to thwart CA polls; beefs up security, pledges relief to victims
Two dead, over 2 dozen hurt in Kathmandu serial blasts; Terai Army claims responsibility
India behind MPRF-Govt agreement: Dev Gurung He further said that this would aggravate the Madhes problems and would only help the Hindu extremists and the Bush administration. ..... accused the MPRF President Yadav of having nexus with the Hindu extremists, Indian criminals and the Americans. ...... "Now, the local bodies would be run on the basis of all party decision."
Limbuwan-Khumbuwan stalls talks; Minister Poudel ‘surprised’ Both the indigenous groups have warned that the November 22 Constituent Assembly elections would not be possible if the government do not fulfil their demands. ..... Poudel even warned that the government will mobilize even the army if needed to hold the elections on time. ..... Declaration of a federal republic prior to the Constituent Assembly elections on November 22, formation of the autonomous Limbuwan and Khumbuwan states, ethnicity-based proportional electoral system as well as special rights to the minority groups are some of the key demands of the agitating groups in eastern Nepal.
राजधानीमा शृंखलाबद्ध विस्फोट
फोरममा विवाद विश्वासले सम्झौतापछि यादवको नेतृत्व क्षमता, योग्यता, निष्ठतामा अविश्वास उत्पन्न भएको बताए । ..... एक दशकअघि स्थापित फोरम कार्यसमितिका ७ सदस्यीय पदाधिकारीमध्ये यादवको पक्षमा तीन र विपक्षमा चार रहेको उनले जनाए । यादवले भने आफूलाई निलम्बन गर्ने काम विधानविपरीत भएको बताए । उनले राज्यसँग मधेसको ऐतिहासिक सहमति भएको उल्लेख गर्दै यस प्रकरणलाई संविधानसभा नचाहनेको षड्यन्त्र भएको दाबी गरे । 'सचिवालयको बैठक बसेको छैन, यो विधानविपरीत काम हो,' यादवले भने ।
चुनावमा एक लाख पर्यवेक्षक खटाइने
स्वायत्त सरकार घोषणा गर्ने चेतावनी संघीय लोकतान्त्रिक मञ्चमा आबद्ध जातीय मोर्चाहरू संघीय लिम्बुवान राज्यपरिषद्, खम्वुवान राष्ट्रिय मोर्चा, ताम्बासलिङ स्वायत्त राज्यपरिषद् र लिम्बुवान धिमाल स्वायत्त परिषद्ले नयाँ रणनीति अनुसार स्वायत्त सरकारको तयारी गरेको बताए । ..... मोर्चाका तीन प्रमुख मागमध्ये संविधानसभाको निर्वाचन अगाडि संघीय गणतन्त्रको घोषणा गर्न नसकिने र जातीय जनसंख्याको आधारमा समानुपातिक निर्वाचन गर्न नसकिने सरकारी वार्ता टोली संयोजक मन्त्री रामचन्द्र पौडेलले पत्र पठाएको लिम्बुवान राज्यपरिषद्का अध्यक्ष सन्जुहाङ पालुङवाले बताए ।
माओवादीद्वारा २३ को घरजग्गा फिर्ता
बहस वित्तीय संघीयताको पहिलो, आदिवासी/ जनजातिको संघीयताको आधार जातीय स्वशासन हो । दोस्रो, मधेसी समुदायको भूगोलको आधारमा समग्र मधेस एक प्रदेश हो । तेस्रो, भाषिक आधार र चौथो, स्थलरूप -स्पासियल) आर्थिक मानव विकास, भौतिक पूर्वाधार तथा भौगोलिक निकटताको आधारमा संघीय स्वरूपको निर्माण गर्ने विकासवादी मत । ........ सात जिल्लाले कुल गार्हस्थ उत्पादनमा ९० प्रतिशतभन्दा बढी हिस्सा ओगट्छ ..... आर्थिक औद्योगिक विकासको केन्द्र पनि आठ-दस जिल्लामात्र छन् .... करिब दस जिल्लाले मात्र कुल राजस्वको पचासी प्रतिशतभन्दा बढी योगदान गर्छन् ..... अमेरिकामा संघीय सरकार र एक केन्द्रीय जिल्ला, पचास राज्य सरकार र करिब ८२ हजारभन्दा धेरै स्थानीय सरकारमा सार्वभौमसत्ताको बाँडफाँड भएको छ ...... संघीय सरकारले कुल सार्वजनिक खर्चको करिब ५६, राज्यले २६ र स्थानीय सरकारले १८ प्रतिशत हिस्सा ओगट्छ ...... हामीले खोजेको संघीय व्यवस्था भारतको जस्तो होइन । भारत रूपमा संघीय भए पनि सारमा केन्द्रीकृत राज्य नै हो । हाम्रो संघीयता अमेरिकाकै जस्तो बढी सुहाउँदो हुन्छ, राजनीतिक र वित्तीय दुवै दृष्टिकोणमा ।
आवरण द्वन्द्वको नयाँ ढोका सरकार र मधेसी जनअधिकार फोरमबीच भएको सम्झौताबाट नयाँ असमझदारी उत्पन्न ....... यता फोरमकै एउटा समूहले पनि सहमतिलाई धोकाको संज्ञा दिएको छ भने तराईमा क्रियाशील अन्य सशस्त्र र निःशस्त्र समूहहरू पनि सहमतिदेखि सन्तुष्ट छैनन् । फोरमका निवर्तमान उपाध्यक्ष्ा किशोरकुमार विश्वासले सहमतिलाई 'सरकार र उपेन्द्र यादवबीचको व्यक्तिगत सहमति भएको' टिप्पणी गरेका छन् । र, यस समूहले यसअघि फोरमले घोषणा गरेको आन्दोलनका कार्यक्रम यथावत् नै रहने बताएको छ । फोरमका असन्तुष्ट पक्ष्ाधरका नेता विश्वास भन्छन्, "हामी आन्दोलनका कार्यक्रमलाई यथावत् राख्दै सङ्घर्षमा उत्रिन्छौँ ।" ....... यसअघि भदौ ६ गते फोरमको वीरगन्ज बैठकले आन्दोलनको कार्यक्रम घोषणा गरेको थियो, जस अनुसार भदौ १४ गतेसम्म समानुपातिक निर्वाचन प्रणाली, आत्मनिर्णयको अधिकारसहितको क्षेत्रीय स्वायत्त प्रदेशलगायतका मागहरू पूरा नभए त्यसको भोलिपल्टैदेखि भदौ १९ सम्म जनपरचिालन, २० देखि २२ गतेसम्म विरोध जुलुस, सभा, मसाल जुलुस, धर्ना, घेराउ र त्यसपछि चाहिँ अझ सशक्त सडक सङ्घर्षका शान्तिपूर्ण आन्दोलन गर्ने निर्णय गरेको थियो । सरकार र फोरमबीचको सहमतिमा यी मागहरू स्थगन गरएिकाले पनि असन्तुष्ट पक्ष्ाधरले त्यही वीरगन्ज बैठकको 'म्यान्डेट' अनुरूप आन्दोलन गर्ने भएका हुन् । ..... उपेन्द्र यादवको पक्षमा अमर यादव र नीलम बर्मा .... केही दिनअघि वीरगन्जमा भएको फोरम बैठकले केन्द्रीय कार्यसमिति भङ्ग गरी यादवको अध्यक्षतामा २७ सदस्यीय महाधिवेशन तयारी समिति गठन गरेको थियो । तर, त्यसमा रहेका व्यक्तिहरूसमेत विश्वास र यादव पक्षमा विभाजित भएकाले फोरममा विभाजन आउने निश्चित भएको छ । ...... विभाजित पक्षधरको नेतृत्व गर्न लागेका विश्वासचाहिँ असन्तुष्ट समूहहरूसँग गठबन्धन गर्दै आन्दोलन गर्ने तयारीमा छन् । त्यसका लागि लिम्बूवान, खम्बूवान, तामासालिङ राज्यपरष्िाद्, संयुक्त थारू राष्ट्रिय मुक्ति मोर्चा, दलित नागरकि समाजका नेतासँग कुराकानी भइरहेको पनि उनी बताउँछन् । "यी सबैको एउटा संयोजन समिति बनाएर पूर्ण समानुपातिक निर्वाचन प्रणालीका लागि आन्दोलन गर्छाैं," विश्वास भन्छन् । ...... यी सबै असन्तुष्ट समूहहरूको मुख्य मागचाहिँ समानुपातिक निर्वाचन प्रणाली रहेको छ ..... माओवादी नेता प्रचण्डको भनाइमा यसले मधेसमा आगोमाथि घिउ थप्ने काम मात्रै गरेको छ । फोरमबाटै केही समयअघि अलग भएका मधेसी नेता जयप्रकाशप्रसाद गुप्ता पनि सहमतिले मधेसमा थप द्वन्द्व र भिडन्तको स्िथति निम्त्याएको टिप्पणी गर्छन् । ........ आन्दोलनरत पक्ष्ाहरूलाई वैधानिकता दिनेभन्दा पनि समस्या समाधानको जस लिन खोज्ने प्रवृत्ति सरकारमा देखिन्छ ..... फोरमको मुख्य माग नै निर्वाचन प्रणालीका विषयमा रहेकाले उनीहरूसँगको परामर्शबिना नै निर्वाचन तालिका सार्वजनिक गर्नुले पनि सरकारको नियतमाथि थप प्रश्नचिह्न उठाइदियो । ..... आन्तरकि सङ्गठन निर्माण .... अध्यक्ष्ा यादव पक्ष्ाधरहरूले वार्ता गर्नुपर्ने प्रक्रियामा जोड दिए भने उपाध्यक्ष विश्वास पक्षधरले वार्ताको नाटकमा फस्न नहुने, बालुवाटार धाउन बन्द गर्नुपर्ने र वार्ता भङ्ग गरी आन्दोलनमा जानुपर्ने कुराहरू उठाए । गिरजिाप्रसादकहाँ वा बालुवाटार धाउन बन्द गर्नुपर्ने कुरा अध्यक्ष्ा यादवप्रति लक्षित थियो । ...... विश्वासको भनाइमा संविधानसभालाई अर्थहीन, निरर्थक र एकजातीय बहुल र प्रधानता बनाउने षड्यन्त्र गर्ने व्यक्ति प्रधानमन्त्री गिरजिाप्रसाद कोइराला नै हुन ..... रामचन्द्र पौडेल बैठकमा असंवेदनशील, गैरजिम्मेवार र हलुको किसिमले प्रस्तुत हुने गरेको आरोप विश्वासको छ । परम्परावादी खालका पौडेल स-साना कुरामा अलमलिन्छन् । ...... "समग्र मधेसको समस्या समाधान गर्न गोलमेच सम्मेलनमार्फत नै उपाय खोजिनुपर्छ ।" ..... सत्ताले कहिल्यै पनि परविर्तन नखोज्ने बरु सुधार मात्रै खोज्ने बताउँदै उनी भन्छन्, "यतिखेर मधेसी जनताले परविर्तन खोजिरहेका छन् भने सरकारचाहिँ आंशिक सुधार मात्रै खोजिरहेको छ ।" मधेसी जनता परविर्तनका लागि क्रान्ति गर्न पनि तयार भएको ठम्याइ उनको छ । अहिलेको सम्झौताले एउटा प्रश्न पनि उठाएको छ ः प्रधानमन्त्रीको दोस्रो सम्बोधनले हल गरेबाहेक नयाँ कुरा के नै भयो त ? त्यसपछि पनि आन्दोलन गरेर किन सहिदको सङ्ख्या बढाइयो ? ........ भारतीय राजदूत शिवशङ् कर मुखर्जीले जसरी भए पनि निर्वाचन गर्नुपर्ने तर्क गरेका थिए । फोरमको स्वस्फूर्त आन्दोलनलाई एक किसिमको वैधता दिँदै त्यसबाट प्राप्त उपलब्धिलाई संस्थागत गरी आफूलाई स्थापित गर्ने उनको चाहनाले पनि अहिलेको सम्झौता हुन पुगेको छ । ....... विश्वासले आन्दोलनको घोषणा गरे भने त्यसले उचाइ लिने कुरालाई नकार्न सकिन्न । किनभने, मधेसी जनतामा आफूहरूलाई सरकारले छक्याउने षड्यन्त्र मात्रै गरेको भन्ने भावना विकास भएको छ । माओवादीसँग गठबन्धन हुनसक्ने सम्भावना पनि उत्तिकै छ । माओवादी नेता र विश्वासबीच राजधानीमै बारम्बार भेटघाटहरू पनि भइरहेका छन् । एक हिसाबले भन्ने हो भने जसरी उपेन्द्र यादव र नेपाली काङ्ग्रेसबीच एक किसिमको अघोषित गठबन्धन छ, त्यसैगरी विश्वास र माओवादीबीच पनि अघोषित समझदारी देखिन्छ । माओवादीको मधेस राज्य समितिका इन्चार्ज पोष्टबहादुर बोगटी 'दिवाकर' ले सीमापार िपुगेर ज्वाला सिंह पक्षसँग भेटघाट गरेको पनि बताइन्छ । एक हिसाबले भन्ने हो भने मधेसका सशस्त्र समूहहरूसँग पनि माओवादीले नयाँ किसिमको सहमतिको हात बढाएको देखिन्छ । ....... माओवादीले जनजाति समूहहरूसँग पनि समझदारीको हात बढाउँदै छन् ....... मधेसी, जनजातिलगायत अन्य सबै आन्दोलनरत समूहहरूसँग पनि गोलमेच सम्मेलन, पूर्ण समानुपातिक निर्वाचन प्रणाली, गणतन्त्र र आत्मनिर्णयको अधिकारसहितको स्वायत्त संरचनाको साझा मुद्दामा गठबन्धन हुनसक्ने सम्भावना छ ...... माओवादी नेता डा बाबुराम भट्टराई भन्छन्, "यतिखेर नयाँ किसिमको बाह्रबुँदे सहमतिको जरुरी छ ।" .... एकातिर मधेसबाट सुरु हुन लागेको आन्दोलन र अर्काेतिर माओवादीले असोज १ गतेदेखि सुरु गर्ने सङ्घर्षले संविधानसभाको आसन्न निर्वाचनलाई अनिश्चिततातिर धकेल्दैछ । त्यससँगै काङ्ग्रेस र माओवादीबीचको सम्बन्ध भने चिसिएर गएको छ । ..... माओवादीले अनौपचारकि वार्ता नगर्ने र आफूहरूले अघि सारेको २२ बुँदे पूर्वाधारमा सरकारले 'रेस्पोन्स' नगरेसम्म वार्ता नगर्ने दुई सर्त अघि सारेको छ । ...... माओवादीले नयाँ किसिमको सहमति हुनुपर्ने माग अघि सार्नुको मतलब पूर्ण समानुपातिक निर्वाचन प्रणाली, गोलमेच सम्मेलन, गणतन्त्रको स्थापना, स्वायत्त सङ्घीय संरचनाजस्ता विषयमा नयाँ खालको सहमति तय गर्न खोजिएको हो । तर, त्यसका लागि नेपाली काङ्ग्रेस तयार देखिँदैन । ..... किशोरकुमार विश्वास .... माओवादीसँग मिलेर आन्दोलन हुनसक्छ’ ...... लिम्बूवान, खम्बूवान, तामासालिङ राज्यपरष्िाद्का साथै थारू राष्ट्रिय मुक्ति मोर्चा र दलित नागरकि समाजको एउटा संयोजन समिति बनाएर पूर्ण समानुपातिक निर्वाचन प्रणालीका लागि आन्दोलन सुरु गर्ने तयारीमा छौँ । ..... बलजफ्ती मिश्रति प्रणालीका आधारमा निर्वाचन भयो भने मधेस र मुलुक थप मुठभेड र द्वन्द्वमा जान्छ । मुलुककै राष्ट्रिय एकता, सार्वभौमसत्ता, अखण्डता र साम्प्रदायिक सद्भाव खतरामा पर्छ । .....उपेन्द्र यादव ... सबैलाई सरकारले वार्ताका लागि सम्मानपूर्वक बोलाउनुपर्छ । ...... डा बाबुराम भट्टराई ..... राजाको स्थितिमा पुग्छ काङ्ग्रेस .... अन्तरमि सरकारमा संलग्न पार्टीहरूबीच साझा सहमति कायम गरी सबै आन्दोलनरत पक्षहरूलाई एकै ठाउँमा राखेर समस्याको हल गरौँ भन्ने हाम्रो नीति हो । तर, काङ्ग्रेसले एउटा समूहको पनि एउटा गुटलाई मात्रै उचालेर समस्या समाधान गर्न नचाहेको कुरालाई पुष्टि गर्‍यो । ...... अब पुरानो १२ बुँदे समझदारीको सान्दर्भिकता सकिएकाले सङ्घीय लोकतान्त्रिक गणतन्त्र, आर्थिक-सामाजिक रूपान्तरणका कार्यक्रमसहितको नयाँ समझदारीको खाँचो छ । ...... यतिखेर मुख्य बाधक नै नेपाली काङ्ग्रेस होअनि, एमाले नेतृत्व यो बुझ्दैन, त्यत्तिकै संविधानसभा भनेर हौसिएर हिँडिरहेको छ । .... टुट्ने होइन, टुटिसकेको स्िथति छ । औपचारकि रूपमा नटुटे पनि वैचारकि र व्यावहारकि रूपमा टुटिसकेको छ । पुरानो सम्बन्ध टुटिसकेको र नयाँ सम्बन्ध नबनिसकेको स्िथति हो अहिले । ....... रामचन्द्र पौडेल ..... अहिले राज्यले दिनसक्ने कुरा यत्ति मात्रै हो ..... नयाँ-नयाँ आउने सबै समूहहरूसँग वार्ता गर्न सम्भव छैन । सबैको कुरा सुनेर साध्य पनि हुँदैन । .... गोलमेच सम्मेलन भनेकै संविधानसभा हो । त्यसभन्दा ठूलो गोलमेच सम्मेलन अरू के हुनसक्छ ?

Govt, parties all suspect blasts are aimed at disrupting the polls NepalNews
MJF dissidents dump Upendra Yadav A group of Madhesi Janadhikar Forum (MJF) leaders have announced that they have suspended the MJF chief Upendra Yadav and have 'rejected' the recent 22-point deal signed by the government and MJF. In a statement issued by the dissidents, they have announced that Yadav has been suspended and a new 'movement mobilisation committee' has been formed chaired by Bhagyanath Prasad Gupta. They have accused Yadav of selling out on Madhesi causes. The statement was issued jointly by Gupta, Kishore Kumar Bishwas, Ram Kumar Sharma and Jitendra Sonal. The group has reiterated the MJF demands for an autonomous region with the right to self determination, federal democratic republic, end of monarchy and full proportional representation based election system for Constituent Assembly (CA). The dissident faction has demanded that Nepali and Hindi be recognised as national language and English as a language for international communication. In the 22-point deal, Yadav's faction had agreed to recognise Nepali and mother tongues as national language and English as language for international communication.
Govt-MJF deal was signed after consensus among parties: Poudel
Maoists clash with locals in Parbat, Rasuwa

Sunday, September 02, 2007

No To Terrorism: Terai Army Is A Criminal Outfit

Series of blasts rock capital city; two killed, over 25 injured Simultaneous blasts occurred at three busy areas in the capital city Sunday evening, killing at least two persons and injuring over two dozen others. ..... Tripureshwor, Sundhara and Balaju areas around 4:15 pm ..... blasts in Tripureshwor and Sundhara took place at bus stands. .... Seven students of Bishwo Niketan Higher Secondary School, who were waiting for their bus, were among those injured ..... Anisha KC, a student of Bishwo Niketan, was killed in the blast ..... Another bomb went off inside a microbus near Balaju Industrial Estate, Balaju, injuring over a dozen passengers. The microbus operating on the Ratnapark-New Bus Park route was completely destroyed in the powerful blast. ...... A leader of the little known Terai Army telephoned Avenues TV, a Kathmandu-based private television channel, and claimed responsibility for the blasts, but this is yet to be verified independently.

Maoist soldiers engaging in war with the Royal Army soldiers, I disapproved of, but that was one thing. Killing innocent people going about their lives is a totally different matter. This is terrorism. The Terai Army did not do this for the Terai people. They do not speak for the Terai people.

This was wrong. This was a criminal act. All Madhesi parties and groups should dissociate themselves from this outfit, and should condemn these blasts as should all Pahadi parties and groups. There is no room in Nepali politics for terrorism.

Madhesi grievances are for real. But there is no grievance the Madhesis have that does not have peaceful political outlets. The ultimate solution of breaking the country into two can also be had peacefully. Actually peacefully is the only possible way to get it. I don't support the idea. But I am just making a point.

Killing and injuring school children and regular people going about their daily lives is not the way to Madhesi liberation. That only delays Madhesi liberation. That only makes Madhesi liberation less possible.

We Madhesis are destined for more than equality. We are destined to rule over all of Nepal. Through the ballot box. And that too quickly. That is the way to go. There is no room for violence in the Madhesi Movement.

These acts of terrorism are new of their kind. It is not possible for any responsible Madhesi outfit to do business with this group. The Terai Army should be isolated and marginalized by both the armed and unarmed Madhesi groups.

These acts of terrorism are not political, they are criminal.

When I read the headline, my first reaction was the royalists did it. The same people who threw bombs at Devendra Pandey and Krishna Pahadi's place did it. Even now I am keeping my options open. We don't know for sure who did it. But if there be any evidence the royalists were behind this, that they are trying to disrupt communal harmony in the country so as to disrupt the all important November 22 elections, then the country must be declared a republic immediately.

Those royalists, Hindu supremacists call themselves Defense Army, this group is calling itself Terai Army. Why do the names sound so similar? It is possible for regressive elements to operate without any direct knowledge of the royal family. They represent a small segment of the political spectrum.

It is entirely possible some regressive elements are fishing in the muddy waters. It is possible some ethnic groups are getting funds from regressive elements.

On their part, the government has also made things from bad to worse. It was a big mistake to not treat the Madhesi Kranti with respect as soon as it happened. It has been a big mistake to not engage Jwala and Goit in respectful dialogue. It is still not too late. When you engage the Madhesi Maoists in respectful dialogue, you isolate groups like the Terai Army. If the government will not, the Madhesi Alliance parties should. (The Madhesi MPs And The Idea Of A New Party)

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Ethnic bodies suspend talks with government Claiming that the government did not show willingness to address their issues, an umbrella organisation of ethnic bodies has announced indefinite suspension of the negotiation. The Federal Democratic National Front (FDNF), which is an umbrella body of Limbuwan, Khumbuwan and Tamasaling associations, has decided to walk out of the dialogue process following informal chat with the government talks team on Saturday. ..... Rabindra Thing, central leader of FDNF, told Nepal FM that they have decided to "unilaterally suspend the talks indefinitely.' ...... Thing said, "On our demand of ensuring the ethnic autonomy equipped with right to self determination to chalk out 13 provinces in the interim constitution itself, the government responded that they wanted to go by the recommendation to be submitted (to the Constituent Assembly) by the proposed State Restructuring Commission." ...... "Likewise, on our demand of fully proportional representation-based election system, the government team said they had already decided to go for mixed system. And on our third major demand of declaring federal republic in the interim constitution, the government side could not give clear response. Therefore, we see no rationale in holding talks," Thing added. The FDNF was to hold talks with the government team in Dharan on Sunday.
Hooch kills 9 more in Janakpur
Docs protest govt ‘apathy’ towards their demands; warn of stern agitation
Maoist cadres assault UML leaders
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YCL announces protest programmes
Prachanda says Maoists will take part in CA; Dr. Bhattarai wants 22-points addressed first

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Govt outlines 4-tier polls security plan five to 16 police personnel will be guarding ballot boxes at the polling centres on the day of the voting. .... a joint team of Nepal Police and the APF will be patrolling the areas. .... A strike force of the APF personnel will also be kept on standby to deter potential attacks at the polling centres. .... Aerial patrols will be conducted throughout the voting day. ... “all the choppers in the country be used for the election security.” ..... 80,000 temporary guards. .... The Maoists also want its People’s Liberation Army and the Young Communist League to be inducted in the election security plan.
Tharu front calls off protests
Maoists will take part in CA polls, says Prachanda Prachanda said no one should even imagine about the Maoists not taking part in the elections. ..... also clarified that the Maoists will not quit the interim government at this juncture. .... the previous eight-party alliance has ended. .... “not putting forth these demands as pre-conditions”.
Polls impossible sans 22-point prerequisites, says Dr Bhattarai
MPRF denounces Maoist objection to 22-pt deal Speaking at a function in Kathmandu Saturday, MPRF Chairman Upendra yadav, also demanded government's clear stance on the Maoist reaction to the agreement. .... When asked about the reports on division with the MPRF over the agreement, MPRF Chairman Yadav only said that reactionary elements were trying to mislead the people. ..... Yadav, however, asked the Maoists to forget about the past bitterness and act in a friendly manner. ..... Yadav hailed Thursday's agreement with the government as a milestone to build a nation free of regional, religious and ethnic discriminations. ..... Addressing another programme in the capital today, Maoist leader Dr Baburam Bhattarai accused the ruling Nepali Congress of staging a “drama of the agreement” by taking some MPRF leaders into confidence.
EC seeks review of ballot paper design the ballot papers for both first-past-the-post (FPTP) and proportional election systems ...... the EC has to arrange for separate balloting in a two-column table in separate colors for the FPTP and proportional election systems. ...... "If all 61 political parties that have been registered at the EC for the election want to contest the CA poll, the EC has to bring out a ballot paper that is more than a meter long," an EC official said, preferring anonymity. ........ design ballot papers in A3 size with more than two column tables, that would be technically and scientifically appropriate ....... "Otherwise the EC will have to design the ballot papers in a booklet format." ...... In 2005, while conducting elections in Afghanistan, the election commission there had arranged a seven-page long ballot paper. ..... before opting for electronic voting machines, India had to arrange ballot papers that were almost 70 pages long to accommodate over 1,500 political parties. Meanwhile, the EC has decided to expand the capacity of the Janak Sikchha Samagri Ltd by arranging for two modern wave machines to print ballot papers. ....... import machines with fast printing, numbering and perforating systems. .... the EC has to print over 40 million ballot papers of 241 different types.
Janakpur hooch death toll mounts to 7
शम्भु उम्मेदवार हुने नेपाल बार एसोसिएसनका पूर्वअध्यक्ष शम्भु थापा ..... 'मैले कुनै दलविशेषसँग कुराकानी गरेको छैन,' उनले भने- 'तर उम्मेदवार बन्ने योजना छ ।' मुख्य दलहरूसँग कुराकानी गरी साझा उम्मेदवार बन्न प्रयास गर्ने उल्लेख गर्दै उनले स्वतन्त्र उम्मेदवारीको तयारी गरेको बताए ।
कांग्रेसमा सरकारको आलोचना कांग्रेस -प्रजातान्त्रिक) ले संविधानसभा चुुनावका लागि घोषणापत्र निर्माणलगायत आवश्यक सम्पूर्ण तयारी गर्न आइतबार पार्टी बैठक बोलाएको छ ।
अमेरिका पलायन अमेरिकाको राष्ट्रिय झण्डालाई काटेर गञ्जी लगाए पनि हुने, हाफप्यान्ट सिलाए पनि हुने र मोटरमा फरफराए पनि हुने रहेछ । व्यक्तिगत स्वतन्त्रता जीवनको हरेक क्षेत्रमा पाइन्छ, कसैले कसैको चासो गर्दैन । हुँदा-हुँदा बाबुआमाले छोराछोरी तह लाउन नसके प्रशासनले तह लगाउँछ । कतिपय राज्यमा बन्दुक तरकारी किनेजस्तै किन्न पाइन्छ । ....... न्युयोर्क सहरमा वाषिर्क ५०० मानिस आपराधिक गतिविधिमा मर्नु ...... तर अमेरिकालाई अवसरहरू भएको देश भनिन्छ । .... त्यहाँ ग्ाएपछि दुःख भए पनि सुख भए पनि गएकाहरू उतै बस्छन् । बाहिरी मुलुकबाट जानेलाई त त्यति सहज जीवन छैन । ..... पूर्वी एसिया, ल्याटिन अमेरिका, अपि|mका सबैतिरका बाबुआमा छोराछेरीलाई त्यस देशमा पढाउन जग्गाजमिन बेचबिखन गरेर पनि पठाउने गरेका विषय त्यस देशका पत्रपत्रिकामा पनि आएका छन् ...... आजभोलि त नेपाली पनि अमेरिकाको ५० वटै राज्यमै पुगेका छन् ..... अवकाश पाइसकेका मानिस पनि स्टेसनमा डोनट बेचेर रमाएका छन् ..... एक युवाले भने, 'पढाइ र काम गर्दा गधाको जस्तो काममा जोतिन परे पनि नेपालमा हुँदा एक बोतल कोकाकोला खान बाबुआमासँग पैसा माग्न पथ्र्यो । यहाँ पैसा कमाउने अवसर छ । आफ्नै कार छ, बस्ने फल्याट छ आदि ।' बाहिरबाट त्यहाँ गएका विद्यार्थीलाई पढाइ धान्न र बाँच्न कठिन छ । परिवारका मानिससँग बोल्न फुर्सद छैन । तर पढाइ भने राम्रो छ । राम्रो काम पाएमा पैसा पनि राम्रो हुनसक्छ भन्ने आशमा दुःख स्वीकारेका छन् । अर्को युवाले भन्यो, 'म अहिले नेपाल र्फकन्न । त्यहाँ सधैं टायर बालेको, बन्द भएको, मारमार भएको र मान्छे मारेको खबरमात्र देखिन्छ ।' अर्कोले भन्यो, 'नेपालमा मोटरसाइकलमात्र चड्ने क्षमता थियो । कहिलेकाहीं बरालिएर हिँड्ने बानी थियो । यहाँ त काम गरेर पढेको छु ।' कसैले त लाजै नमानी 'केटी पनि अमेरिकाकै राम्रा छन्, पैसा पनि राम्रो छ' भने । केटीहरू पनि नातेदार भए पनि स्वत्ान्त्र रूपमा साथीहरूसँग बसेका छन् । ........ धेरैजसोले भने- स्वतन्त्रता छ, दुःख भए पनि नेपालमा भन्दा राम्रो छ । यता बाबुआमालाई अमेरिकामा छोराछोरी पढिरहेका छन् भन्न्ो शान छ । नेपाली केटाकेटी अमेरिकनजस्तै विवाहपूर्व सँगै बसेका छन् । ..... नेपालबाट पनि मानवधन र दिमागी शक्ति सुक्दै जाँदैछ ।
Janajati-govt Pact a Betrayal: NEFINS Himalayan Times The meeting of the federal council of the Nepal Federation of Indigenous Nationalities Students (NEFINS) has come to a conclusion that the 20-point pact between the government and the indigenous nationalities was a betrayal of the indigenous nationalities. "The pact was incomplete and intended to defuse the movement of the indigenous nationalities" .... The meeting also concluded that education department chief of the NEFINS Rajan Kumar Danuwar had gone against the spirit of the federation.
Maoists thrash ex-MP, UML men Maoists cadres also forced Nepali Congress Ramechhap district vice chairman Labshree Neupane to return from Okhreti VDC yesterday saying the Maoists won’t let Congress leaders to go to villages till NC decides on issue of monarchy. ...... Dhankuta: Maoists on Saturday garlanded Rastriya Prajatantra Party central member Hari Ghimire and RPP district chairman Tika Prasad Ghimire with shoes and paraded them around Dhankuta bazaar. ..... Maoist cadres and activists of its sister organisations — Young Communist League and All Nepal Women’s Association-Revolutionary — frog-marched Hari Ghimire and Tika Prasad Ghimire from the fourth district convention of the RPP where the former was to be the chief guest and the latter as programme chairperson. .... The Maoists said they did so to denounce RPP chairman Pashupati Shumsher Rana’s protest in the parliament against the nationalisation of the King’s property and palaces.
NC manifesto by Sept 27
Prachanda distances his party from SPA “It is the seven-party alliance and the CPN-Maoist, not eight-party alliance,” Prachanda told reporters at a tea-reception organised by Speaker Subas Nembang ..... Prachanda also made it clear that his party would neither run away from November 22 constituent assembly elections nor will it walk out of the coalition government. .... Prime Minister Girija Prasad Koirala, Chief Justice Dilip Kumar Poudel, ministers, ambassadors, diplomats and political leaders attended the reception.
MJF, Maoist cadres clash
FDNF unilaterally suspends talks with govt Nepalgunj, September 1: Activists of the Madhesi Janaadhikar Forum today clashed with Maoist cadres while the latter were taking out a funeral procession around the town behind a jeep carrying the body of their cadre Nageshwor Raidas who was shot dead by unknown persons on Thursday. At least six persons from both the sides were injured in the clash that erupted at BP Chowk, said police. .... While the Maoists claimed that Raidas was murdered by the MJF’s youth organisation president Hiralal Lonia, the MJF claimed that the Moaists had abducted Lonia. .... The Maoists have denied the allegation. MJF activists were burning tyres at BP Chowk, demanding Lonia’s release. When the Maoist procession reached BP Chowk, an altercation ensued and a clash broke out, said eyewitnesses. The MJF activists had already blocked the road while the Maoists’ condolence meeting was being held at Dhambojhi. ...... Both sides pelted stones at each other. The funeral procession stopped and tension mounted in the area, with the market shutting down. .... The clash stopped after the MJF activists moved to one side. ..... Banke DSP Krishna Hari Sharma said none was seriously injured in the clash. The Maoists cremated Raidas’ body in the presence of a large number of armed police and civil police.

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