Maoist was directly involved in 2005 movement, says Dahal

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KATHMANDU, APR 04 – UCPN (Maoist) Chairman Pushpa Kamal Dahal has claimed that a meeting under his chairmanship had decided to organise the people’s movement in 2005.

At an interaction programme in the Capital, the Maoist chairman revealed that his party was directly involved in the 19-day movement and urged not to be fooled by claims that it was organised by the then seven parties only.

“A meeting under my chairmanship had sanctioned the decision to organise the movement. I urge not to be baffled by claims that the Maoists were still in people’s war and only the seven parties had organised the movement,” Dahal said.

In another context, Dahal said that the current deadlock in the country could not be resolved as leaders against the 12-point understanding, signed between the then Seven Party Alliance (SPA) and the Maoist, were now in the helm of Nepali Congress and CPN-UML.

“Girija Prasad Koirala played a big role in the signing of the agreement but he is no more with us. Another leader Madhav Kumar Nepal is also not at the top command of his party,” Dahal said, adding, “KP Oli, who was against the 2005 movement leads the UML and Sushil Koirala, who always complained about Girija Prasad’s acts is the president of NC.” Dahal blamed that these two leaders had not understood the sentiments of the movement.

The Maoist chief said that his party was more eager than the ruling parties to reach a consensus and find a way out of the current crisis. “Oli never came to me or to Baburam Bhattarai for talks. The PM once came to us. However, we have repeatedly gone to their residence in Baluwatar and Balkot hoping for an agreement,” he said.

He also claimed that the protest programmes announced by the opposition parties were not aimed at changing the current coalition government.