Baidhya promises new Nepal at all cost
KATHMANDU: CPN-Maoist Chairman Mohan Baidhya today said his party is committed to building a new Nepal, and they shall do it even if that calls for making bigger sacrifices to realise the dreams of martyrs and the disappeared. Addressing the inaugural session of the Seventh National Congress of the CPN-Maoist at Khulamancha, Baidhya said only a new agreement could resolve current political problems.
“We will not put a brake on our struggle just because one faction has surrendered,” adding, “We will continue to struggle for new people’s democracy.” In an oblique reference to Unified CPN-Maoist Chairman Pushpa Kamal Dahal and Vice-chairman Baburam Bhattarai, he said one faction of the party chose neo-revisionist line, which betrayed the people’s war. “Parliamentary forces cannot resolve current problems. We are ready to steer the country,” Baidhya said.
He made it clear that if a deal was reached only between three or four forces, his party would not accept such a deal. “We are in favour of uniting the communist and patriotic forces. We will seriously discuss about it in the party convention,” he added. Baidhya lauded China, but criticised India. “China has always respected our national independence but the Indian establishment has viewed Nepal with ill-intention. We want to improve our ties with India and we want to sign new treaties with it,” Baidhya said. On his part, General Secretary Ram Bahadur Thapa said, “A new Nepal was possible, but revolution was necessary to achieve that goal. We need to create a front comprising patriotic force. International unity can break the cycle of imperialism.” According to Matrika Prasad Yadav, Coordinator of CPN (Maoist), class struggle, not consensus could emancipate marginalised communities. “I did not find any clear guideline for revolution in Baidhya’s paper,” he said. Baidhya, he added, can argue well in papers but cannot implement his commitments in practice. Social activist Dr Sundar Mani Dixit said, “Exit of Baburam Bhattarai government could ease political tension for which leaders of the United Democratic Madhesi Front should be ready to desert the PM. Representatives of communist parties and factions from India, Turkey, Canada and the United States also expressed solidarity with the ultra left group. The convention will end on January 13.
CPN-Maoist closed session underway
KATHMANDU, Jan 10: The closed session of the ongoing general convention of CPN-Maoist is underway after a brief halt following a minor scuffle over entry pass at the Nepal Academy in the capital on Thursday. The session that was to begin in the morning was deferred following a dispute emerged after party´s Bhojpura State Committee in-charge Ram Acharya went out of contact with entry passes, prompting Rautahat district in-charge Rashid Ansari to slap Bhojpura State Committee deputy secretary Badri Bajagain. Representatives from Bara, Parsa and Rautahat districts were unable to get entry to the closed session venue.
The closed session of the convention was originally scheduled for 9 am today. Meanwhile, Madhes bureau in-charge Hari Bhakta Kandel is holding discussion with Bara district deputy in-charge Ram Ayodhya Sah and Bhojpura state committee member Rajendra Kattel and Parsa district secretary Raj Dev Paswan at the closed session hall. Altogether 1,200 representatives, 400 observers, 300 volunteers and 100 cultural artistes are participating in the convention. The general convention was inaugurated on Wednesday. This is the party´s first general convention following its split from the UCPN (Maoist) last June, the seventh in the history of the party and its mother party UCPN (Maoist), and the first in 21 years.
Will it be peaceful way or armed struggle?
KATHMANDU, Jan 9: The general convention of the CPN-Maoist is to start in Kathmandu on Wednesday, with the eyes of the national and international communities focused on what would be its political line – peaceful way forward or armed struggle. The general convention will be held from Wednesday to Sunday. CPN-Maoist, the faction which broke away from the UCPN (Maoist) last June, is going to hold a general convention after 21 years.
Following the announcement of its general convention, the UCPN (Maoist) had announced that it waas holding its own general convention, in Hetuada by February 2. “Our struggle programs will be through the people´s movement. I cannot say what would be our compulsions. If forced by the government or the situation, we will be ready for a people´s revolt or people´s war,” said Pampha Bhusal, party spokeswoman, when asked what would the party´s political line be. According to Bhusal, the general convention will endorse the immediate political program for launching a struggle over the issue of national sovereignty. The long-term political program will be formation of a new democratic system in Nepal.
She informed that 1,200 representatives, 400 observers, 100 cultural artistes and 300 volunteers will participated in the general convention. The party has invited representatives from fraternal parties in various countries including USA, China, Cuba, North Korea, Venezuela, Canada, Italy and India. The inauguration program will be held at the Khulamanch on Wednesday and processions will converge there from seven different points in the capital.
According to Bhusal, the general convention is of some historical importance. First, the general convention is going to be held after 21 years. Secondly, it is going to held after the splintering away from the UCPN (Maoist), alleging that the UCPN (Maoist) main leadership of Pushpa Kamal Dahal and Baburam Bhattarai joined the parliamentary system, abandoning all the achievements of the people´s war. The CPN-Maoist declared the UCPN (Maoist) as ´neo revisionist´ and Dahal and Bhattarai as ´red renegades.´ “With the break away from the UCPN (Maoist), it will set out its political line,” said Bhusal. She also claimed that the general convention would be important for finding a solution to the current political deadlock. Meanwhile, around 3,500 UCPN (Maoist) leaders and cadres joined the CPN-Maoist on Tuesday. General Secretary Ram Bahadur Thapa welcomed them at the party head office at Buddha Nagar.
CPN-M general convention kicks off
KATHMANDU, Jan 10: The general convention of the newly formed CPN-Maoist party kicked off in the capital on Wednesday. This is the party´s first general convention following its split from the UCPN (Maoist) last June, the 7th in the history of the party and its mother party, and the first in 21 years. Addressing the opening session of the 7th General Convention at Khula Manch, Chairman Mohan Baidya lauded China for respecting Nepal´s sovereignty and accused India of casting ´covetous eyes´ on it. Chairman Baidya demanded that India scrap the ´unequal´ bilateral treaties that were a threat to Nepal´s sovereignty, stating that his party wanted good relations with India and the Indian people.
“We want to have good relations with India with fresh treaties which are acceptable to both, and Indian rulers should stop casting ´covetous eyes´ on our national sovereignty,” added Baidya. According to him, the main challenge is to save national sovereignty. Addressing the mass gathering, he also claimed that his party is ready to lead the country, informing further that the general convention would come up with plans to completion a new democratic revolution. Baidya addressing convention. (Photo: Bijay Rai) “We want to move ahead as a new force taking on that responsibility,” said Baidya adding that his party would also review its failings and weaknesses. He expressed the commitment that the general convention would enter a new Singhadurbar, claiming that a new democratic revolution was necessary and possible. Turning to the families of martyrs, the disappeared and the injured and to party cadres, he expressed commitment to a plan to complete the revolution.
Categorizing the challenges before Nepal, he said that the domestic enemies are bureaucratic feudalist and reactionary forces and the external ones are American imperialism and Indian expansionism. Chairman Baidya made it clear that his party would never compromise with American imperialism and Indian expansionism. He also added that the next challenge before the parties styled communist are increasing ´rightist revisionism´ in the world, and his party would plan to fight against them through a joint front of nationalists and revolutionary leftists. He accused the major political parties of neglecting the future of Nepal and the Nepali people. According to him, the alliance with the parliamentary parties has failed as it could not yield a solution.
He urged an alliance with the nationalists and leftists parties to complete the new democratic revolution. “The revolution has not stopped,” he added. Baidya declared that fresh constituent assembly (CA) elections were not possible in the present context and blamed the major parties for the existing political scenario. “There are no differences among the four parties except for choice of government leadership,” he said. Reviewing the past, Baidya said the party has been victimized by a neo-revisionist leadership. “The main leadership engaged in serious betrayal of the party and the revolution,” added Baidya.
General Secretary Ram Bahadur Thapa said foreign agents held sway in Nepal and republicanism had been converted into dalaltantra[stooge-cracy]. “Here are only stooges and the corrupt. We cannot even elect our prime minister,” said Thapa, urging nationalist forces to unite. Earlier, cadres of the CPN-Maoist took out rallies from different parts of Kathmandu Valley before converging at Khula Mancha. Altogether 1,200 representatives, 400 observers, 300 volunteers and 100 cultural artists are participating in the convention. The closed session of the convention is scheduled to begin at the Nepal Academy.
The five-day convention will conclude on Sunday. The major political parties -UCPN (Maoist), Nepali Congress, CPN-UML – and the ruling Madhesi parties were not invited to the inauguration of the general convention. Only fringe leftist parties and some nationalist parities – which the CPN-Maoist has termed friendly forces – and civil society leaders Padma Ratna Tuladhar and Sundar Mani Dixit were invited. The Chinese and North Korean ambassadors also participated in the programs, representing their respective parties. Representatives of fraternal communist parties from 11 countries including USA, India, Turkey and Canada, who were also present, expressed their good wishes and solidarity.