From The Nepali Press
Budhabar Saptahik, 4 July
FROM ISSUE #51 (13 JULY 2001 - 19 JULY 2001) | TABLE OF CONTENTS
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The Maoists announced the formation of the peoples' government in Dailekh on 26 June at a public function at Naumule (the place where police were massacred in April). All three top leaders of the janasarkar, including its chief, are not Dailekh residents but have been brought over from neighbouring Jajarkot. Maya Prasad Sharma (Acharya), the head of the peoples' government, Dailekh comes from Jitpur Village Development Committee (VDC) in Jajarkot. The woman representative, Puspha Gharti, is from Jajarkot's Dandagaon VDC and the chief of its armed wing Nanda Bir Gharti is also from Jajarkot. This is why some have labelled this janasarkar as a "government on hire." Acharya said he had the support of 95 percent of the people of Dailekh. He added that since the formation of the peoples' government, all elected district institutions including the District Development Committee had been declared illegal and had no right to function. .Why was it necessary for the Maoists to import leaders from other districts to announce the formation of a government in a district where they hardly have any influence? This is a serious question being raised by intellectuals. Another interesting fact is that the Maoists have also announced village committees. In Rom VDC they forcefully made a UML supporter, Khadga Bahadur Shahi a member of that committee. Shahi has said the Maoists had threatened and tortured him and asked him to be a member of the committee. It has been over two weeks since Shahi was abducted.