India has set ‘evil eye’ on Nepal’s sovereignty: Baidya
KATHMANDU, Jan 9: CPN-Maoist Chairman Mohan Baidya admired China for respecting Nepal’s sovereignty while accused India of setting an ´evil eye´ on it. Addressing the opening session of its seventh general convention at Khulla Manch in the capital on Wednesday, the chairman demanded that India scrap ‘unequal’ bilateral treaties that are threat to Nepal’s sovereignty.
“We are in favor of fresh treaties with India, acceptable to both,” Baidya said. The chairman also made it clear that his party will never compromise with American imperialism and Indian expansionism. Baidya declared that the fresh Constituent Assembly (CA) election were not possible in present context and blamed big four parties for the pushing the country into present political scenario.
“There are no differences among the four parties but government leadership,” he said. Despite uprooting monarchy and declaring the state as secular, the people’s aspirations are yet to be fulfilled, the chairman said. This is the party´s first convention following its split from UCPN (Maoist) on June 18, 2012. Earlier today, cadres of CPN-Maoist took out rallies from different parts of the Kathmandu valley before converging to the gathering at Khula Mancha. Around 2,000 people, including 1,200 representatives, 400 observers, 100 cultural artistes and 300 volunteers, are said to be participating in the convention. The closed session of the convention is scheduled to begin on Thursday at Nepal Academy. The five-day convention will conclude January 13.
CPN-Maoist affiliated workers vandalize Labor Office
KATHMANDU, Jan 8: Employees affiliated to the CPN-Maoist working at Agriculture Development Bank Limited (ADBL) ransacked the Labor Office of Bagmati Zone and manhandled officials, who denied registering a trade union on Tuesday. “Around Rs 1.5 million worth of property was damaged in the attack,” said Mani Nath Gop, chief of the Labor Office located in Teku, Kathmandu.
More than 200 workers were involved in the vandalism. “They ransacked our office and manhandled us after we requested them to follow due process to get their trade union registered,” said Gop. According to him, office computers, printers, furniture and other properties were damaged in the attack. The Kathmandu Metropolitan Police Range Office (KMPRO) has arrested seven people allegedly involved in the attack.
A press statement issued by the KMPRO states Min Bahadur Pandit, Nanda Budha, and Sudin Khanal as those rounded up. Workers claimed the incident took place after police intervened in negotiations between officials and those who came to register the trade union. “The official line of our party is not to attack office and people. But the government created the situation for this to happen,” Ram Dip Acharya, chairman of the Nepal Trade Union Federation (Revolutionary) affiliated to CPN-Maoist told Republica over phone. http://www.myrepublica.com/portal/index.php?action=news_details&news_id=47938
‘3500 defect UCPN (Maoist) for CPN-Maoist’
KATHMANDU, Jan 8: Around 3,500 cadres defected UCPN (Maoist) to join CPN-Maoist party led by Baidya faction, CPN-Maoist claimed. Those defected also include 16 state committee member of UCPN (Maoist) Tamsaling and Newa state committee led by Sangam Limbu and Dorje Lama respectively, CPN-Maoist said. They were welcomed by CPN-Maoist General Secretary Ram Bahadur Thapa amid a function at party office, Buddhanagar today.
CPN-Maoist’s seventh conclave kicks off
KATHMANDU: The seventh national congress of CPN-Maoist kicked off here in the Capital on Wednesday. The gala of splinter Maoist party, which was announced in June last year, was formally inaugurated amid a function at Khullamanch in Kathmandu. Representatives of some fringe parties—including Rastriya Janamorcha Chairman Chitra Bahadur K.C.—are taking part in the Maoist party gala as guests.
However, no ruling and major opposition parties are taking part in the inaugural ceremony. “We haven’t invited the ruling parties and opposition parties,” CPN-Maoist Spokesperson Pampha Bhusal told THT Online. Delegates from America, Canada, Turkey, North Korea and China including Immigrant State Committee (India) and International State Committee (Europe) are also taking part in the convention, CPN-Maoist Politburo member Hitman Shakya told THT Online.
Rallies were taken out from various parts of Kathmandu–including Gaushala, Kalanki, Kalimati, Kupandol, Baneshwor–before assembling at Khullamanch for the grand function. The national congress, which will conclude on January 13, is expected to make an outline of the CPN-Maoist’s political strategy and future course. Party Chairman Mohan Baidhya is scheduled to present a political report for deliberation.
The closed session will start at the Kamaladi-based Nepal Academy building tomorrow. Also, the conclave will take decision regarding the registration of the party, which was announced following a split in the UCPN-Maoist in June last year, at the Election Commission. After 21 years, the UCPN-Maoist is also scheduled to organise its seventh general convention in Hetaunda in the first week of February.
Extortion creates terror in business sector
KATHMANDU, Jan 8: Increasing cases of extortions, in the pretext of donations to different political parties, have created terror among the business community, which is facing tough time amid slowing economic activities in the country.
“Extortion targeted at businesspeople have gone up significantly, resembling the situation during Maoist insurgency. It is the result of gross failure of the government to maintian law and order situation,” said Suraj Vaidya, president of the Federation of Nepalese Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FNCCI), while interacting with business journalists on Tuesday.
Although Vaidya did not level charges on any particular political party, he made the statement at a time when the CPN-Maoist has ramped up donation drive ahead of its 7th convention scheduled to begin on Wednesday. “We are receiving threats from political groups at a time when we are talking about creating business favorable environment to lure investment,” said Vaidya. “Ultimately, entrepreneurs are forced to give donations to different groups affiliated to political parties.” He also complained of lackadaisical attitude of the government in ending the extortion drive despite attention drawn by businesspeople on different occasions.