Dahal warns of another conflict as relations turn sour

Published On: February 8, 2019 06:29 PM NPT

KATHMANDU, Feb 8: Co-chairperson of Nepal Communist Party, Pushpa Kamal Dahal cautioned that the government's failure to fully implement the constitution and the comprehensive peace accord could invite another conflict, much graver than the 10-year insurgency, in the country.

Dahal also warned that if anyone were to think that the Maoists had been dissolved, it would be "unfateful" and another Maoists would take up arms. Dahal said so as he drew parallels of the current government's action and that of the past while speaking in a book launch event.  

The co-chairperson's remark comes at a time when there is an increasing rift between two co-chairpersons of Nepal Communist Party over Venezuelan elections.  On Wednesday, Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli had tried to contain the situation calling Dahal's remarks a "slip". However, Dahal had retorted and said he stood by the press statement the very next day.  

Stating that the constitution and federalism was a national consensus to delegate rights to local levels, Dahal questioned if the same was being implemented accordingly. "Or are we working to weaken the very structures that we fought to build?"

As Dahal elaborated the country's peace process, he urged all to make sure that the country would not revert to the same political and social systems that forced Nepal into a decade of insurgency. He cautioned that there were factions that had started to rethink on how the political events were unfolding.

"We fought against corruption, feudalism and centralized systems. However, the same values seem to be returning," Dahal said and cautioned that if it was to be the case, another insurgency -- with much graver consequences-- would fuel Nepal.  "If that is to happen, bringing peace will be more difficult than in the past."

In turn, Dahal urged the government to implement the constitution and the peace accord faithfully as it would help to usher Nepal into development and prosperity.  

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