Dahal warns of fresh conflict as his relation sours with PM Oli

Published On: February 9, 2019 07:25 AM NPT By: Republica  | @RepublicaNepal

KATHMANDU, Feb 8: Chairman of the ruling Nepal Communist Party, Pushpa Kamal Dahal, has cautioned that the government's failure to fully implement the constitution and the Comprehensive Peace Accord (CPA) could invite fresh round conflict, much graver than the 10-year insurgency.

Dahal also warned that if anyone thought that the Maoists had been dissolved, it would be "unfortunate" and another Maoist group would raise arms. Dahal made the remarks during a book launching ceremony on Friday while comparing the actions of the current government with the previous governments.

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 crisis. 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 were brought through a national consensus to delegate rights to the local levels, Dahal questioned if it 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 system. 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 ensue in 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 sincerely as it would help to usher Nepal into development and prosperity.

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