CPN-Maoist CC threatens to launch people’s revolt
KATHMANDU, Jan 31: Making public its protest program Wednesday to exert pressure for a roundtable assembly to break the political deadlock, the CPN-Maoist has threatened to launch a people´s revolt. A meeting of the party´s central committee concluded that the ruling alliance led by the UCPN (Maoist) and the opposition alliance led by the Nepali Congress were focused only on power, leaving out the people´s agenda.
“We would have no alternative but to go for a people´s movement if we cannot find a solution through a roundtable assembly,” said Mohan Baidya at a press meet at his party´s head office. He claimed that the ruling UCPN (Maoist) was involved in anti-national activities, referring to the Baburam Bhattarai government´s signing of the BIPPA agreement with India and also its turning over of security at the national and international airports to India. The opposition parties were just demanding leadership of the government without any agenda, he said.
“We will move ahead criticizing both sides – the ruling parties´ anti-national activities and opposition parties just demanding leadership of the government,” said Baidya, claiming that neither camp had a solution to the political and constitutional deadlock. Baidya said that the roundtable assembly could find a solution through fresh elections or a revival of the constituent assembly.
The Maoists´ immediate program was to hold a roundtable assembly while a people´s revolt on the foundation of people´s war was the party´s political line, he said. The Maoist party has scheduled a program of struggle against the ´anti-national´ activities of the government and for national sovereignty and people´s livelihood, from February 12. Demanding the scrapping of all unequal treaties with India, dismissal of cases dating back to the insurgency period, and a roll back of price hikes, the CPN-Maoist has said that it is to launch a people´s movement.
Maoist party has made public a program of interactions, gatherings, sit-in protests and mass rallies in the cities. The party also decided to hold extensive dialogue among the federalists, republicans and nationalists, to form a joint front. Earlier, the Maoists had formed a joint front under the leadership of Vice-chairman CP Gajurel. Eleven fringe leftist parties were involved in the front. The joint front is one of the “magical weapons” of the revolution. The revolutionary communist party, the revolutionary army and joint fronts are supposed to be the magical weapons. The party also decided to uphold a policy of one person one post for party leaders and cadres. Similarly, the party decided to dissolve its non-geographical state committees, but non-geographical braches would be formed in the main cities. The CPN-Maoist has a total 14 state committees, including geographical and non-geographical ones.
CPN-M says govt‚ oppn trying to grab power
KATHMANDU: CPN-Maoist Chairman Mohan Baidhya today said the ongoing tussle between the government and opposition parties was only to grab power and not for bailing the country out of the current crises. Making public the party’s decision of the recently-concluded central committee meeting‚ Baidhya said they would not join either with the ruling alliance nor the opposition‚ but would prepare their own programmes of yet another Jana Andolan from February 12. The CPN-Maoist waged the People’s War on February 12‚ 1996‚ that left more than 16‚000 people dead over a decade.
The People’s War officially came to an end following a Comprehensive Peace Accord (CPA) in December 2006 between the then rebel Maoist and the government led by Girija Prasad Koirala. Baidhya said they would launch the Jana Andolan for holding a roundtable conference of all parties to discuss a way forward. Addressing a press conference at the party headquarters‚ Buddhanagar‚ Baidhya said there were no substantial differences between the ruling Unified CPN-Maoist and the oppositions Nepali Congress and CPN-UML.
“Both the ruling UCPN-Maoist and the opposition are sailing on the same boat‚” Baidhya said‚ adding‚ they would not take part in the opposition’s protest programme. He said the ruling and opposition parties would not be able to resolve the crisis as both are hell-bent on capturing power by hook or by crook. Claiming that the possibilities of reviving the dissolved Constituent Assembly and holding fresh elections were slim‚ Baidhya stressed the need of holding a roundtable conference of all political forces to bail the country out of the political and constitutional crises.
The CPN-Maoist‚ a breakaway faction of the ruling UCPN-Maoist‚ has been calling for a roundtable conference since its inception to end the national crisis. “The roundtable conference will decide on whether to reinstate the dissolved CA to draft new constitution or to go for fresh election‚” he said‚ adding‚ “If it also fails to give a way out‚ the parties may choose their own ways.” Baidhya said they would first launch Jana Andolan for the cause of roundtable conference and then go for people’s revolt if the roundtable conference did not yield any results. According to the plan‚ the CPN-Maoist will hold rallies across the country on February 12 marking the initiation of the People’s War followed by a week-long martyrs’ day. The party will also hold another rally on March 8 to mark the International Working Women’s Day‚ Cultural Resistance Day on March 18 and Jana Andolan Day on April 6. Leaders said their agitation would mainly focus on urban centres during the first phase of agitation and expand it to rural areas in the next phase.