Declare combatants attending plenum disqualified: NC, Oli
KATHMANDU, Nov 20: Nepali Congress (NC) has demanded that the government and UNMIN declare the Maoist combatants who participate in the UCPN (Maoist) plenum as disqualified.
"As there is also a plan to integrate some of them in the security agencies, participation of the combatants, who are supposed to stay inside the cantonments in a disciplined manner under the purview of the Special Committee and UNMIN´s supervision, in the Maoist party´s political convention is against the Comprehensive Peace Agreement. This is seriously objectionable," said a statement issued by the parliamentary party of the NC after a meeting on Saturday.
"Therefore, this meeting urges the government and UNMIN to declare them ineligible to stay inside the cantonments, for integration and rehabilitation plans."
Minister for Information and Communications Shankar Pokharel, who is also the government spokesman, at a function in Kathmandu claimed that the Maoist fighters, who participate in the plenum, will be regarded disqualified for integration.
Meanwhile, CPN-UML leader KP Sharma Oli said the combatants who participate in the plenum should not be allowed to return to the cantonments. "If they participate in the plenum, the government should stop their salaries and other allowances and their names should be removed from cantonment rosters," he said.