Poll Boycott Will Be Complete

CPN-Maoist leader Netra Bikram Chand still believes that the elections will be completely boycotted.

Oct. 26, 2013, 5:45 p.m. Published in Magazine Issue: Vol: 07 No. -9 Oct. 25- 2013 (Kartik 08, 2070)

Whatever the threat you have issued, the November 19 election is inevitable now. How do you look at it?

(Laughs) Don’t underestimate us. We will show you what we have said. This is the festive season, so we have relaxed our protests. You will see the mood after November 10.

As the government has already decided to mobilize the army to prevent disruptions, will your party cadres retaliate with the army?

I don’t think Nepal Army will side with these anti-nationals who want to Sikkimise Nepal through the elections. We have already made it clear that our protest will be peaceful. In case force is used against us, it is natural to resist such acts.

At a time when all the political parties in the country have decided to contest the elections, do you think there is any meaning of boycott by CPN-Maoist lead alliance?

It is not a question about who is taking part in the elections and who is not. The question is the motives behind taking part in the elections. We don’t want to sell the country on the disguise of elections.

As the international communities, including India, China and UN, have been supporting elections, don’t you think it makes no sense to call for a boycott?

We don’t know what the international community wants. Our concern is the Nepali people. At a time when an overwhelming number of Nepali people are opposing the elections, there is no sense in participating in the election.

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