Mohan Baidya proposes to party to boycott poll
KATHMANDU, June 30: While keeping the doors open for talks, CPN-Maoist Chairman Mohan Baidya has proposed boycotting the election to the Constituent Assembly (CA). At the party central committee (CC) meeting held in Pokhara on Saturday, Chairman Baidya in his political document proposed boycotting the election, arguing that the election is against the interests of the people. He claimed that the election was being held only to serve the interests of the reactionary and foreign forces.
General Secretary Ram Bahadur Thapa during the CC meeting presented a document on organizational and struggle programs, while Secretary Netra Bikram Chand presented a document on formation of a military wing for concluding the new democratic revolution. The much-awaited CC meeting of the party began on Saturday. The decision of the meeting will determine whether the national politics would move toward confrontation or take a peaceful course.
“Chairman Baidya’s document focused on boycotting the election. But the doors for talks have been kept open,” said a CC member. According to leaders, his document also focuses on the formation of a joint front to conclude the people’s revolt. “Keeping the doors open for talks, the document focuses on ways to capture all the 240 election constituencies,” added another CC member. Similarly, Thapa’s document focuses on implementing the party’s political document through struggle. It says the party will launch struggle programs at three levels — center, state and district. “Thapa’s document states that forces would be mobilized at all levels,” said a CC member.
According to party leaders, Secretary Chand’s document has drawn a theoretical framework for the party’s military structure. “Chand has proposed forming the military structure on the Nepali model and it would be led by youths. It is different from Chinese and Russian models,” said a CC member. In Russia, the military was led by workers and in China by mobile army. He said that the mother party UCPN (Maoist) had committed a mistake by handing over the People’s Liberation Army (PLA) in a humiliating manner. “We should move ahead by forming a new army,” another CC member said about Chand’s document.
Maoist leaders say that the military wing to be formed may be People’s Volunteer or be given any other name. “Whatever the name, the wing would be led by youths,” he said. After presenting their separate documents, the office bearers had addressed the CC meeting. According to party CC member Om Prakash Pun, other CC members would comment on the documents from Sunday. The CC meeting of the party will conclude on Tuesday.
CPN-M confirms CA vote boycott plan
POKHARA, JUN 30 – The CPN-Maoist has formally announced to boycott the Constituent Assembly elections, with party Chairman Mohan Baidya presenting his political paper during the party’s Central Committee meeting in Pokhara on Saturday. Stating that the CA polls slated for November 19 was meaningless, Baidya underscored the motive of his party to foil the election. In his political paper, Baidya said the party would not participate in the upcoming election at any cost saying that it was a conspiracy to lead the country to a counter-revolution.
“The CA election was announced as a premeditated plan to wipe off all the achievements made so far,” read the paper. The move comes a day after the government announced its resolve to ‘give up’ its pursuit to persuade the party to join the CA election process. Talking to reporters, Maoist spokesperson Pampha Bhusal said that the meeting concluded that there was no alternative to forming a party-led government through a round-table conference. She said that General Secretary Ram Bahadur Thapa also floated a proposal at the meeting to form a youth wing to disrupt the CA polls. Party Vice-chairman CP Gajurel and secretary duo Dev Gurung and Netra Bikram Chand supported the proposals. Bhusal said the central members will speak on the proposals from Sunday.
The four-day meeting is expected to prepare the party’s policy on the polls and other issues and discuss the possibility of unification with the Matrika Yadav-led CPN (Maoist), Mani Thapa’s Communist Revolutionary Party and the CPN (United) led by Pari Thapa. On Friday night, Interim Election Government spokesman and a member of the talks team, Madhav Prasad Poudel said the government had failed to hold a single formal meeting with the Baidya-led CPN-Maoist . “We have not been able to bring the CPN-Maoist in formal talks despite our repeated attempts,” read his statement.
The response follows Gajurel’s remarks to urge Army Chief Gaurav SJB Rana to stop “forced” polls. Gajurel also called on all the agitating parties to sort their differences through talks. The CPN-Maoist has consistently refused to sit for talks unless its minimum conditions of postponing the election process and withdrawing “controversial” decisions, including the “haphazard” distribution of citizenship certificates, are addressed.
The party is adamant on its demands that the 11-point and 25-point agreements singed among the top four parties to remove constitutional hurdles be scrapped. The party has further demanded replacing the Khil Raj Regmi-led government by one representing all the political forces. At a time when several other disgruntled parties, including the Ashok Rai-led Federal Socialist Party Nepal and the Upendra Yadav-led Federal Democratic Front, are showing some flexibility on participating in the election, the Baidya-led alliance has been too rigid to be convinced about going to the polls.
Baidhya tables proposal‚ seeks to boycott CA elections
POKHARA: CPN-Maoist Chairman Mohan Baidhya presented a formal proposal seeking to boycott the November 19 Constituent Assembly polls at the party’s Central Committee meeting that kicked off today in Pokhara. In the party’s first central committee meeting organised outside Kathmandu Valley, Baidhya registered a political paper calling for a boycott of the November 19 Constituent Assembly election. Emerging from the meeting, CPN-Maoist spokesperson Pampha Bhusal said, “The party chairman has tabled a formal proposal for boycotting the CA election.”
According to Bhusal, Baidhya’s paper states that CA election conducted by an unconstitutional government at the behest of the four political forces and foreign reactionary forces cannot write a constitution for the people and the country. “CA polls held under the directive of foreign forces cannot address people’s sacrifices,” reads the paper. The political paper seeks to get everyone to boycott the polls and turn it into a fiasco.
The paper further proposes that the party should join hands with nationalist, republican and leftist forces and launch a joint agitation to boycott the election process. Baidhya’s political paper states that CPN-M will participate in the election only if it is conducted by a national unity government formed after a round table conference. Likewise, CPN-M General Secretary Ram Bahadur Thapa tabled a paper on ‘organisation and struggle’ at the meet. Party spokesperson Pampha Bhusal informed that Vice-chairman CP Gajurel and secretary duo Dev Gurung and Netra Bikram Chand supported the party chairman and general secretary’s papers.
“The way for our participation in the CA poll is still open. But first, a national unity government of political parties must be formed through a round table conference,”Bhusal said. She added that the papers of the party chairman and general secretary will be taken to state committee members and implemented. A total of 200 party leaders, including advisers, central members, alternative central members and office bearers are participating in the Central Committee meeting held at Thakali Service Society building in Pokhara.