Minister of Communications and Information Technology Gokul Prasad Baskota has said that talks with the Communist Party of Nepal are possible only if it ends violence and expressed commitment to join peaceful politics.
He addressed media at a press briefing that was organized at his ministry to disclose the Cabinet decisions taken on July 14.
He said that the government could not set free the jailed leaders of the Chand-led outfit just for the sake of negotiation.
“If we released their leaders from jail and if they didn’t sit for dialogue, who will be responsible?” he questioned.
He said that the Chand-led outfit had not accepted the constitution and the current political system. They should not question sovereignty, democracy, citizen’s right, press freedom, and the constitution, according to Minister Baskota.
“If they shunned violence, accepted the constitution and joined the mainstream politics then the issue would be settled within a minute leaving no room and reason for enmity between the government and the outfit. Even their past wrongdoings could be forgiven,” he added.
The government has decided to provide Sajha Yatayat Cooperatives Limited to float its shares worth three billion rupees to enable it to purchase 300 electric buses.
He also said that the government was extending support to public institutions to encourage public transport as a growing number of private vehicles created traffic congestion in the valley. “Sajha Yatayat was a success in the past, but it needs to perform efficiently. The public should report its weaknesses to Sajha Yatayat giving it a chance for improvement,” the minister said.