CHITWAN — CPN (Maoist Centre) chairman Pushpa Kamal Dahal has said that the alliance of the two communist parties in the nation has created a big ripple nationally and internationally.
Addressing a programme entitled ‘Civil Society with Prachanda’ organised by the Let Us Make the Leftist Alliance Victorious Citizens Campaign at Gitanagar of Bharatpur Metropolitan City here today, the Maoist Centre chairman said a big political ripple has been created since 2007 BS with the coming together of two big communist parties.
“A ripple of this magnitude had not come in the national and international level even when starting the People’s War. This is unusual thing that has happened.
One type of public opinion is excited with the unity of the communists whereas the other side seems to be negative and disturbed,” he said.
The Maoist Centre chairman stated, “On the one hand some people are saying that a communist totalitarianism was in the offing while on the other hand the same friends are saying that the communists cannot come together and even if they united it will not last long and there would be chaos even if it lasted.”
Leader Dahal tried to dispel doubts about the party unification, saying, ‘nobody could stop the unification of the two parties and there would be a communist government in Nepal after the elections whatever the ripples it creates. This communist government would take the country towards socialism.”
Noting that BP Koirala and Girija Prasad Koirala would be happy to see the communist unity had they been alive today, the former Prime Minister claimed that unity of the communist parties would benefit the nation and the country would move ahead on the path of prosperity.
He also suggested the ‘divided’ Nepali Congress to be one. “It is necessary for the Congress, which is divided, also to come together,” he said.
Dahal was of the view that the present-day Nepali Congress was a little bit distracted from the BP’s socialism and Girija Prasad’s republicanism.
“I blame the Nepali Congress that it has committed a mistake by deviating from BP’s socialism and Girija’s republican line,” he added.
Stating that collaboration with the Nepali Congress was possible in future also on the issues of nation, nationality and national sovereignty, he urged the Nepali Congress leaders not to throw barb (at the communist alliance) to such an extent for they might have to collaborate in future also lest it would be awkward to even shake hands in that situation.
Maoist Centre chairman Dahal said the leftist alliance and the Nepali Congress might have to join hands and fight against the divisive and secessionist line if any in future.
“The Nepali Congress too does not want to see the country splitting. We will have to fight together for the national unity and territorial integrity at that time,” he said.
Dahal is contesting in the House of Representatives election from Chitwan constituency-3. He described his candidacy was against the tendency of political immorality. The truth will certainly prevail in this struggle, he declared.Follow @gorkhapost
PM Oli expands cabinet, 15 new ministers inducted
KATHMANDU — Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli has has expanded the Cabinet inducting 15 new ministers from his party CPN-UML and CPN (Maoist Centre), increasing the size of his Cabinet to 22 on Friday.With this, the cabinet led by PM Oli has been extended to 21 members.
Six lawmakers from CPN-UML and five from CPN Maoist Centre lawmakers have been inducted as Ministers to the Cabinet. Likewise, three lawmakers are included as Minister of State.
The newly appointed ministers and state ministers were administered the oath of office at President’s office in Sheetal Niwas, by President Bidya Devi Bhandari at Sheetal Niwas amid an official function.
The newly ministers are as follows :
Gokarna Bista – Minister for Labour and Employment
Pradeep Kumar Gyawali – Minister for Foreign Affairs
Rabindra Adhikari – Minister for Tourism and Civil Aviation
Jagat Bishwakarma – Minister for Youth and Sports
Sher Bahadur Tamang – Minister for Law
Raghubir Mahaseth – Minister for Physical Infrastructure Planning and Development
Gokul Baskota – State Minister for Information and Communication
Padma Kumari Aryal -State Minister for Health and Polulation
CPN Maoist Centre
Barsha Man Pun -Minister for Energy and Water Resources
Giriraj Mani Pokharel – Minister for Education
Shakti Basnet – Minister of Forestry
Chakrapani Khanal – Minister for Agriculture and Cooperatives
Bina Magar – Minister for Drinking Water
Ram Kumari Chaudhary – State Minister for Agriculture and Cooperatives
PM Oli, earlier in the second expansion of his Cabinet, had appointed CPN (Maoist Centre)’s Ram Bahadur Thapa as Minister for Home Affairs, CPN (Maoist Centre)’s Matrika Yadav as Minister for Industry, Commerce and Supplies, former governor Yabaraj Khatiwada as Minister for Finance, and CPN-UML’s Ishwor Pokharel as Defence Minister.Follow @gorkhapost