Nepal’s politicians refuse to make common cause with the Maoists
King Gyanendra has placed severe restrictions on political parties. Yet when Maoist rebels sought to form an alliance against the King, the Nepali Congress Party refused, on the grounds that the rebels have to stop violence first.
But the Nepali Congress party said it could not support the violent methods of the guerrillas, who want to set up a single party communist state in the world’s only Hindu kingdom.
“We are completely opposed to the dictatorship of the military (under the king) and the dictatorship of the proletariat,” Congress spokesman Arjun Narsingh K.C. told Reuters.
“We can’t really associate with violence. The Maoists must first accept basic human rights, and the principle of competitive multi-party politics,” he said. [Reuters]
Nepali politicians may be a fractious, even incompetent lot — but they’ve got some things straight.