CPN-M leader dies in police custody
BHAIRAHAWA: CPN-Maoist leader of Rupandehi Sailendra Nath Tiwari, 37, of Pharena who was held by police for investigation died on yesterday. Police had taken Tiwari into custody on the charge of seeking forced donations. He was a member of Awadh State Committee and was engaged in publicising the party’s upcoming convention. Police had held Tiwari after a complaint was filed against him on the charge of forcing Rihinihawa Primary School Principal Ganesh Pathak to give donation.
Tiwari had become unconscious after police held him and died one hour later. He was admitted to a local health post at first where it was diagnosed with hypertension. SP at District Police Office Hari Bahadur Pal said he died on the way to hospital. Meanwhile, CPN-Maoist, Rupandehi demanded fair investigation into the incident, alleging that Tiwari’s death was pre-planned.
CPN-Maoist, Rupandehi In charge Basanta Shrestha said Tiwari died in police custody so they should take responsibility. He demanded a fair Commission to investigate the death, as the charge of collecting forced donations for the party’s convention was objectionable. CPN-M Awadh State Committee has called a bandh in Kapilvastu, Rupandehi and Nawalparasi districts tomorrow to protest Tiwari’s death in mysterious circumstances in police custody. The party today called a general strike. They have asked locals to shut educational institutes, industries and market places.
Khalanga bazaar shut down over demolition of illegal huts
JAJARKOT, Jan 2: Khalanga bazaar, the district headquarters, has been shut down over the District Forest Office and local administration´s bid to evacuate the illegal settlements in the forest area near Khalanga bazaar on Wednesday. The illegal settlers along with cadres of CPN-Maoist enforced the bazaar banda since early morning protesting the demolition of the illegal huts constructed in the forest area.
Shops and market places have been completely shut down. They also took out a rally through major thoroughfares of Khalanga bazaar this morning, chanting slogans against the police and local administration. A team of security personnel and representatives from the district forest office had destroyed around a dozen illegally-built huts in the forest area of Khalanga-2 on Tuesday. Although some of the huts were destroyed Tuesday, cadres led by CPN-Maoist district secretary Imaswar Devkota had obstructed the demolition drive.
‘Negligence will lead to armed struggle’
KATHMANDU: CPN-Maoist Chairman Mohan Baidhya today warned that his party will take up arms if the parties kept on neglecting people’s agenda for long. Addressing the inaugural session of the party’s first conference of Newa State Committee here, Baidhya said, “We have raised the agendas of the people. Arms will be raised if we are bypassed.” Baidhya reiterated that the nation should now seek solutions to all problems through a round table conference as the nation is in vacuum and all the legal ways have been blocked following the dissolution of the Constituent Assembly.
He further said a national consensus government will be formed by a round table conference following a consensus on the contents of the new constitution. He blamed the Unified CPN-Maoist Chairman Pushpa Kamal Dahal and Vice-chairman Baburam Bhattarai for transforming the country into a parliamentary system. “Dahal and Bhattarai, who had raised arms against imperialism, feudalism and parliamentary systems in 1996, have now been allured by them,” he added.
On a different context, Baidhya appealed Mani Thapa, Matrika Yadav and other leaders for party unity. Leaders speaking at the function praised CPN-M for splitting from the Unified CPN-Maoist as the former has now become a reactionary force. Those addressing the function were Hitman Shakya, mid-bureau in-charge, Rajendra Shrestha, General Secretary of Federal Socialist Party, Mani Thapa of Revolutionary Communist Party, Dambar Shrestha of CPN-ML, Kiran Pun of CPN-Unified and Jeevan Ram Shrestha of CPN-UML.
China Daily on CPN-Maoist general convention
People’s revolt or a people’s war, this dilemma on its future course is surely going to give the Communist Party of Nepal-Maoist (CPN-Maoist) a hard time as it begins its general convention next week. In debates over a political document presented by party Chairman Mohan Baidya at the district and state committee levels, cadres stressed the party adopt a concrete roadmap. And whether the party adopts a people’s revolt or a people’s war, cadres questioned if the leadership should set up a military structure. Baidya’s document is expected to be finalised by the party’s central committee ahead of the general convention scheduled for January 9. The draft, which has been circulated at the lower units, concludes that the party should complete the incomplete revolution by sticking to the line of “people’s revolt set on the foundations of the people’s war”. Insiders said there is pressure on the leadership to define the nature of its struggle to “complete the revolution.”
When the CPN-Maoist split from the mother Unified Communist Party of Nepal (Maoist) party in June, the breakaway faction had concluded that Chairman Pushpa Kamal Dahal and Prime Minister Baburam Bhattarai had “demolished the People’s War”. “If we are to conclude that there have been no achievements from the people’s war, the party should clearly stipulate whether we are to take up arms once again or rely on a people’s revolt,” said one leader. Party Secretary Netra Bikram Chand, who has strong grassroots support, has been urging the party to begin preparations for a people’s war, while Baidya, Vice-chairman CP Gajurel and senior leader Dev Gurung are in favour of a people’s revolt. Baidya has rejected fresh elections for the Constituent Assembly (CA), arguing that the CA has been “hijacked by regressive and reactionary forces.”
His party will not make alliances with parliamentary forces and compromise on its revolutionary goals, he said. In current discussions, cadres have asked the leadership to explain the means of achieving “people’s constitution and people’s federal republic” in the absence of a CA. However, some leaders, including Spokesperson Pampha Bhusal and Hitman Shakya, have suggested that the party keep open the option of participating in fresh CA elections. The party is all set to endorse collective leadership and retain its existing leadership at the general convention. However, discussions are underway to increase the size of its 44-member central committee to 75. Discussions are also taking place on the powers to be allocated to the party chairman and general secretary. Leaders, however, seem to have realised that the centralisation of power in the hands of one individual could “resurrect a fake leader,” who will once again compromise on the goals of the party.
Around 1,200 delegates from across the country will gather at Bhrikutimandap in Kathmandu to decide on the party’s roadmap. The party’s Politburo is scheduled to meet on Wednesday to discuss preparations for the general convention. Central Committee member Kumar Dahal said the party will launch an agitation to “safeguard national sovereignty.” “Foreign intervention is at its highest. People feel that the present government is an agent of foreign powers,” said Dahal. He claimed that the party would adopt alliances with other parties to expose this foreign intervention.
CPN-M completes Convention prep
KATHMANDU: The CPN-Maoist has completed its preparation for the seventh general convention beginning from January 11. According to party Spokesperson Pampha Bhusal, the politburo meeting of the party held on Thursday discussed about the preparations the party made for the convention. According to her, a total of 1,500 persons including representatives and observers will attend the convention. She made it clear that there was no possibility of the party merging with the UCPN-Maoist.
CPN-Maoist to come up with policy after general convention
KATHMANDU, Jan. 2: CPN-Maoist Chairman Mohan Baidya has said that the party would take a clear policy to wage a new people´s revolution after the party´s general convention. Addressing the convention of party´s publicity state committee, intellectual state committee and cultural state committee at the party headquarters on Wednesday, Baidya said the party´s jamboree to kick start next week would introduce a work plan to complete the remaining part of the revolution. He said the party would move ahead by preparing for popular revolt on the basis of people´s war.
Baidya reasoned that they formed the new party after Prachanda betrayed despite galore possibilities for a revolution. He also alleged the UCPN-Maoist leaders of submerging into the parliamentary system against the spirit of the people´s war. On the occasion, CPN-Maoist secretary Dev Gurung said the imperialist and expansionist forces were working through their agents, not directly, in Nepal. The Chunwang meeting of the then Maoist party took the strategy of democratic republic just for establishing republic http://www.reviewnepal.com/detail_news.php?id=4880