Bhattarai faction trade union leaders join CPN-Maoist
KATHMANDU, Dec 17: About 200 trade union leaders, including central leaders, close to UCPN (Maoist) Vice-chairman Baburam Bhattarai on Sunday joined CPN-Maoist accusing the leaders of corruption and of betraying the workers by siding with the owners. The move came just a week after violent clashes between two rival factions of the UCPN (Maoist) trade union close to party chairman Pushpa Kamal Dahal and vice-chairman Bhattarai at Everest Hotel. The split was led by Hom Subedi who also chairman of The Everest Hotel and Restaurant Union, accusing Shalik Ram Jamkattel, who leads Chairman Pushpa Kamal Dahal faction of intimidation and corruption.
“We fought for long time in the party against those trade union leaders who were working against the workers by joining hands with owners. They are corrupts. Finally, we are forced to move to the CPN-Maoist,” said Subedi addressing his comrades at the formal program at Kopundol. Other leaders joining Subedi were Bikram Rai, Mani Ram Thapa, Rajan Bista and Chairman of Annapurna Hotel unit of the trade union Ram Sharan Dulal.
“Hom has been unable to leave Everest Hotel since Monday as Shalik Ram Jamkattel´s goons are posted outside his relatives and neighbors´ homes. Raju ji´s [Raju Baduwal, secretary of Everest Hotel], duty is at the airport, but he too has not been unable to go to work there. We had urged comrades to continue their fight by remaining in the party [UCPN (Maoist)], but they were forced to join CPN-Maoist for security reasons,” said Mukti Dahal, chairman of Hotel Hayat, who is also in Bhattarai faction. CPN-Maoist aligned trade union leaders had helped them during their clash on Monday. The latest flare up of violence between the two rival factions erupted after Shalik Ram Jamkattel´s faction leaders registered a new union of the Hotel Everest at the labor office at Teku early last week.
Jamkattel´s faction did not have presence at the hotel and the documents submitted at the labor office by Jamkattel´s faction apparently had fake signatures of workers, management chief and company´s fake stamp. Earlier in the year, Bhattarai faction trade union of the Hotel Rastarant Union leaders had boycotted the national convention. However, despite the UCPN (Maoist) decision not to hold the national convention, some leaders including Janardan Sharma went ahead with the meeting and elected Prakash Shrestha as its chief.
Bhattarai faction´s Subedi had been demanding dissolution of Shrestha led committee since then, while Dahal faction had been asking them to join the committee and even left some seats vacants. According to Dahal, more than 183 trade union leaders including central level have shifted to new Maoist. In the program, Maoist however, claimed that around 300 trade union leaders joined.
Addressing the program, CPN-Maoist Secretary Netara Bikram Chand termed leaders of UCPN (Maoist), Nepali Congress and CPN-UML as group of the ´political stooges.´ “They just dance according to the indications of south [India]. What they play it is just a farce. They are political stooges,” said Chand claiming they have no capacity to take their own decision. He also claimed that former Prime Minister BP Koirala was the only prime minister who had tried to make Nepal a sovereign country. He accused Maoist Chairman and former Prime Minister Pushpa Kamal Dahal and current Prime Minister Baburam Bhattarai as the ´stooge´s of new stooges.´ “The prime minister is being used as a card by foreign masters.
They looted our resources and made people slaves. It is better to live as an ordinary citizen than as prime minister and ministers. We hate being slaves,” added Chand saying that his party has also claimed the leadership but not by accepting conditions. Similarly, he also said that the political solution should be found by reviewing the 12-point deal and the comprehensive peace accord.
Ex-disqualified PLAs continue protest
KATHMANDU, Dec 17: The disqualified of former People´s Liberation Army (PLA) have continued their protest at the UCPN (Maoist) party office at Parisdana on Monday also, putting forth a 14-pint demand. The former PLAs who were discharged from the cantonments after being disqualified during the verification have been staging a sit-in in front of the party central office since November 28, citing that they have been unable to manage two square meals, following poor economic condition.
According to struggle committee coordinator, Lenin Bista, the former PLAs who were discharged from the cantonments with a tag of ´disqualified´ are compelled to take onetime meal due to their degrading economic condition.
The former PLAs are calling for removal of the ´disqualified´ tag, letter of appreciation with respectful evaluation to them, lump sum financial package equivalent to the combatants opting for voluntary retirement, and 25 per cent reserve quota for the discharged PLAs in every state apparatus. Around 500 former PLAs including 30-35 couples with children have joined the protest. According to Bista, health condition of women and children is worsening due to the biting cold and their treatment has been difficult.
Dahal dumped federalism for power‚ says Baidhya
POKHARA: CPN-Maoist Chairman Mohan Baidhya today accused the Unified CPN-Maoist of shedding the agenda of federalism for the sake of power. Inaugurating first conference of CPN-Maoist Tamuwan State in Pokhara, Baidhya alleged, “Since Dahal and his party is opportunist and reformist, the party has quit the agenda of federalism in the name of reaching an agreement with the Nepali Congress and CPN-UML. Coming down heavily on the UCPN-Maoist chief, Baidhya accused Dahal of running after the CPN-UML and NC on the temptation of becoming Prime Minister and President. He urged the party rank and file to be wary of the UCPN-Maoist moves. On a different note, he warned of waging an armed revolt if people’s demands were not addressed. “CPN-Maoist will continue fighting for the people’s rights,” Baidhya added.
He ruled out the possibility of his party’s merger with the UCPN-Maoist unless and until the party mends its ways. Venting ire on the three major political forces, Baidhya accused them of being power-centric. “These parties hardly discuss anything on new Nepal. Their only focus is on grabbing the power,” he added. He said the CPN-Maoist will going to organise the general convention after 21 years following the parting from the UCPN-Maoist. “We will move ahead by correcting our mistakes through the convention,”
Baidhya added. Noting that though Maoist had been successful in disseminating the Marxism through ten-year insurgency, Baidhya blamed that the party leadership of betraying and failing to meet the people’s aspiration.