Nepal's Maoists are in favour of a one-party rule in the country similar to that in communist China, a top CPN-United leader has said, raising doubts about their commitment to multi-party democracy.
Unified CPN-Maoist, which is inspired by the great Chinese leader Mao Zedong has opposed the constitutional provisions agreed upon by all other political parties that proposed as 'unchangeable' human rights, rule of law, independent judiciary, periodic elections and rule of law that are known as the basic characteristics of democracy.
During the meeting of the Constitutional Committee of the Constituent Assembly yesterday the Maoists have reiterated that the new constitution should not include any provision that cannot be amended.
During the meeting the Maoists argued that the people should have rights to change any constitutional provision as sovereignty is vested upon them.
"The Maoists are still opposed to the political system that guarantees free competition among political parties as they wanted to incorporate the provision which advocates supremacy of a single political party over others similar to one prevalent in China," CPN-United general secretary Sunil Manandhar said.
However, Nepali Congress (NC), CPN-UML and other political parties have argued that the constitutional provisions like rule of law, human rights, independent judiciary and periodic elections should be unchangeable, while the Maoists are against it.