After the Secretary General of the United Marxist-Leninist (UML) Jhalanath Khanal called upon his party workers and suporters to launch nationwide offensives against Maoists, UML-supported student union workers have attacked Maoist-supported students on Tuesday. Janadisha daily published on Wednesday has stated that about a dozen Maoist-supported students have been injured. Those seriously injured have been hospitalized.
UML Secretary General, after his party’s defeat in the 10-April Constituent Assembly poll, has time and again urged his party workers to launch nationwide offensives against Maoist party. However, Maoist workers self-restrained. Self-restraint has been one of their notable characteristics during the two-year peace process.
Almost 200 Maoist workers and supporters have been murdered during two years.
The Nepali Congress (NC) and the UML have stopped Maoists from forming the post-poll government as per democratic norms. Maoists have a clear majority of 120+2 seats out of 240 direct seats obtained from the 10-April poll. The election of proportional candidates is for not a poll based on the defeat-and-loss notion.
Generally, NC leaders are extremely notorious for high level scarcity of political morality. Current Prime Minister Girija Prasad Koirala, a monarchist leader within the Nepali Congress before the abolition of monarchy, has clung to his post for tow months despite his party’s defeat in the election. His party had obtained only 37 direct seats while Maoists have won over three times more.
The NC and UML have been insisting on maintaining status-quoism, a factor that remains as a major challenge to the full-fledged implementation of federal democratic republic and state-restructuring agenda.
Media reports in the country have reflected that the NC and UML have grown more aggressive and hostile against Maoists, the key force behind the agenda setting and opinion formation in the favor of federation and republic. The Nepalis have already approved of this.
Until before 2005, the NC and the UML had labeled Maoists as terrorists worth beheading through open tender. But after King Gyanendra launched a coup d’etat in Februrary 2005, he detained NC and UML leaders along with ordinary people through various suppressive measures. Sidelined from power, NC and UML leaderships resorted to Maoists, the chief proponents of the agenda of federal republic. Maoists promised to collaborate with them only on condition that they would be prepared for an all-out movement for the attainment of the constituent assembly and federal republic. Previously opposed to such agenda, NC and UML leaderships readily accepted them. Previously, they had killed thousands of people just because they supported the Maoist insurgency aimed at federalism and republic.
After the nation unanimously decided to go for implementing federal democratic republican system, it is not understood why NC and UML leaders are setting barriers to timely actions of implementation.
The prime minister has not resigned yet even after the people gave an embarrassing blow to his party two months ago. He served feudal monarchy for more than 50 years in Nepal and is now trying to set barriers on the way to the full implementation of republic. The UML that has so far been following the footprints of the NC has also collaborated with the NC in stopping the winners from forming a new government publicly mandated to head the process of implementing the republican declaration of the elected Constituent Assembly.