From The Nepali Press
Information Minister Tanka Dhakal in Nispakchhya, 4 October
FROM ISSUE #268 (07 OCT 2005 - 13 OCT 2005) | TABLE OF CONTENTS
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In a democratic system it is natural for political parties to take to the streets. Every movement has a specified objective, which should be about establishing sustainable peace and solidifying democracy. But how can these goals be achieved when stones are pelted from college rooftops? Such activities have perturbed the people. On the other hand, businessmen and shopkeepers are bearing the brunt of the chaotic situation in the streets. Shops remain closed due to these disturbances. On the eve of Dasain, this has had a huge economic impact. The activities of the parties have further deteriorated the law and order. They have added terrorism. This movement has achieved nothing. The parties have been saying that their activities are aimed at democracy. But the fact remains that multiparty democracy has not been snatched because we still have a democratic system, the parties have been able to hold their conventions, meetings and protests. Free speech through the media has been allowed. The situation is conducive for everyone to join hands to work together. The parties should stop their street protests and reach for an understanding. Everyone knows that the main contributing factor to today's crisis is Maoist terrorism. Even that quarter should do away with all the strategic tricks and come up honestly to fulfil the people's wish for peace. Peaceful activities are what we need today. The government is very much willing to establish peace. It was not the government that declared the war yesterday. That is why it is not for the government to announce a ceasefire. The government is committed to protecting the law and the constitution. Dasain is a great festival. The government is alert to maintaining law and order so that people can celebrate this festival happily. The king's priority has been the people. The mark of a true people's leader is his desire to remain with the people. In the present situation, the king wishes to stay within the country, with the people, instead of going on foreign tours. It had not been decided that the king would attend the UN summit so how could it be cancelled?