KATHMANDU, FEB 20 – The major two opposition parties—Nepali Congress (NC) and CPN-UML—have dubbed the Nepal Army’s (NA) proposal on the integration of Maoist combatants as ‘unilateral’. Opposition parties also expressed dissatisfaction for bringing out the proposal in public without holding enough discussions.
Speaking at the Reporters Club in the Capital on Monday, Nepali Congress leader and member of the Army Integration Special Committee, Ram Sharan Mahat, accused the Maoist of hatching conspiracy to divide and weaken the NA by publicising the NA’s action plan without holding deliberations in the committee. “The government has publicised the action plan after discussing it within the party instead of holding discussions at the special committee,” Mahat said.
Mahat said that government’s step to make public the action plan was unfortunate for the country and expressed his doubts that it could have a negative impact on the glory of NA.
Saying that his party would accept any step that would raise question marks over the glory of NA, Mahat remarked that the proposal was seriously flawed if it was the official proposal in the name of NA.
Also speaking at the program, UML leader and another member of the special committee Bhim Rawal claimed that the prime minister had publicised the proposal without discussing it in the committee. He made it clear that the NA’s integration proposal brought without carrying out necessary home and deliberations among the political parties would not be acceptable to them at any cost.
Rawal remarked that the proposal with determination of ranking and number without testing the ability of combatants is part of the conspiracy to form another army within NA and that would never be acceptable to his party.
“Army should abide by the acts, laws and agreements,” said Rawal said. “We cannot accept recruitment of army without training and education,” he added.Ekantipur Report