A hardline communist party on Monday declared the two historic agreements between the mainstream political parties of Nepal and the erstwhile Maoist rebels as annulled.
“The 12-point Agreement in 2005 and the Comprehensive Peace Agreement (CPA) of 2007 stand annulled,” said the Chairman of the CPN-Maoist, Mohan Vaidya ‘Kiran,’ at a press conference in the capital. “We need to reach new understanding.”
The chief of the hardline faction of the party which split from the UCPN (Maoist) in June 2012 also owned up to the bomb explosions at various places across the country before and during the election to the Constituent Assembly (CA) held on November 19 which the party boycotted.
Two people were killed when the CPN-Maoist cadre allegedly threw petrol bombs on a truck carrying paddy. At other places, several people were injured, some of them seriously. Mr. Vaidya repeated his party’s demand for holding an all-party roundtable conference.
Referring to reports about unification with the Dahal-led party, Mr. Vaidya said it would happen if it joined them in street protests.
Meanwhile, the Election Commission extended the deadline to submit the names of CA members under the PR system by a week upon the request by political parties. The deadline, which has already been extended once, is now on December 25.
The request to EC followed a meeting by High Level Political Committee — a body of parties formed to “supervise” the technocrat government – which decided to request the commission to extend the deadline.
This was the only issue that the parties could agree on. Consensus on other remaining issues remains elusive.