The CPN-Maoist led by Mohan Baidya is going to repeat 17-year old history again as if the party was launching another civil war by propagating the agenda of nationality. It is the tendency of Nepali communists to raise national or nationalistic issues when they are outside the power or to draw their attention by dazzaling the people through their high-sounding slogans.
The newly formed Maoist, which was formed recently detaching from the UCPN -Maoist, is preparing similar kinds of demands just adding a few more points against the government led by his colleague of mother party.
This is Baburam Bhattarai, who heads the incumbent government had handed over the similar charters of demand to the then government formed under the leadership of Sher Bahadur Deuba on February 4, 1996, in his capacity as the chairman of United People’s Front. The party was latter transformed into CPN-Maoist and lunched decade long ‘people’s war’.
It is said that the newly formed Maoist has prepared 55-point memorandum adding more 15 points in the earlier 40 points to hand over to the government. Newly added points are directly related to neighboring India.
Immediately after submitting the memorandum, the then CPN -Maoist had started an armed insurgency calling it a ‘people’s war’. But the new Maoist has not elaborated about the motive behind the memorandum. It is suspected that the party would lunch similar kind of revolution to push the nation towards a fresh conflict.
New points of the memorandum include cancellation of the Bilateral Investment Promotion and Protection Agreement (BIPPA), which was signed recently by the incumbent government. Scrapping of the Upper Karnali Hydropower Project deal with India, barring the vehicles bearing Indian number plates and annulment of the government’s plan to handover the management of the Tribhuwan International Airport (TIA) to an Indian company, removing the provision of direct Indian assistance in Nepal and controlling the open border with India are also incorporated in the memorandum. Demand of scientific land reform, allowances to unemployed youths, free education to all children up to Grade 12 and other are also incorporated in the list.