US interest in CPN-Maoist increases: Baidya

KATHMANDU, Jan 21: The CPN-Maoist has said that its general convention has stirred a new wave both within and outside the country. At the first meeting of the party´s newly elected central committee, held on Sunday at the party head office Buddhanagar, Chairman Mohan Baidya briefed that the party has now come to the attention of the international community. The general conventional that was held in Kathmandu from January 9 to15 concluded that the party´s political line is people´s revolt based on the foundation of a decade long people´s war.

A central committee member Maheshwar Dahal said that chairman Baidya had said in the meeting that the impact of the general convention was felt by the national and international communities. “American interest in us has increased. The US government representatives came to meet us directly,” a central committee member quoted Chairman Mohan Baidya as saying. “They expressed concerns over our political line of people´s revolt. They wanted to know whether it would be an armed revolt,” another central committee member quoted Baidya as saying.

The party agendas were also floated in the meeting. The central committee members plan to bring concrete programs of struggle for discussions. General Secretary Ram Bahadur Thapa asked the leaders to give concrete shape to the struggle programs. The party plans to launch people´s movement nationwide. “It is possible to form separate joint fronts — nationalist and federalist. But bringing them in one place will be a very big challenge,” said a CC member quoting Hitman Shakya, a politburo member. Out of the total 51 seats in the party´s central committee, eight are still vacant. The leaders said the CC meeting will continue to give full shape to the committee and bring programs of struggle for national sovereignty.

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