Dahal wants to make NCP ‘the only people’s party’

Published On: September 29, 2019 08:09 AM NPT By: Republica  | @RepublicaNepal

KATHMANDU, Sept 29: At a time when opposition parties are accusing the government of trying to impose 'communism' in the country, Nepal Communist Party (NCP) Chairman Pushpa Kamal Dahal has said he would not take rest from politics until NCP becomes the only 'people's party'.  

Speaking at an event in the capital on Friday, Dahal said that NCP would soon come up with a nationwide campaign to revitalize its organization and energize its cadres who have remained passive since the party was formed through a merger between the then CPN-UML and CPN (Maoist Center). 
“The central committee will now make a common resolve and go to the people. Once we go to the people, we will only rest after making NCP the only truly people's party,” said Dahal. 

He said that the party's failure to engage cadres was paralyzing it. 
“More than one million organized cadres are without roles and responsibilities. It's a big loss to the party,” he said.    

In an apparent dig at the royalist forces, Dahal said that "some elements" are trying to undermine the legitimacy of the government. He dismissed them as "the remnants of the system that no longer exists."     

“Imagine what will happen to the ghosts and evil spirits once we move ahead? We know how to get rid of those ghosts and evil spirits,” said Dahal. 

Dahal's "only people's party" remark comes at a time when critics and opposition parties are accusing the ruling party of showing "dictatorial tendencies." 

Responding to a six-point accord signed earlier this week between NCP and the Communist Party of China, NC had slammed the ruling party for trying to imitate the Chinese characteristics of democracy. 

Critics claim that Prime Minister KP Oli's desire to be a strongman and his government's maneuvers to introduce draconian laws to clampdown media platforms, NGOs, civil society etc are all part of a design to impose one party rule in the country.

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