CPN-Maoist Secy Chand returns from China
KATHMANDU, AUG 31 – CPN-Maoist Secretary Netra Bikram Chand has returned from China on Saturday. Chand had on Thursday left for China at the invitation of the Communist Party of China (CPC). Several leaders from his own party had expressed dissatisfaction with the party leadership saying that Chand’s visit was ‘unclear’ and ‘not transparent’. Even the party’s International bureau was not informed about Chand’s China visit and the agenda for the same.
Though the CPN-Maoist leader was expected to return on September 2, he returned today itself. According to a CPN-Maoist central committee member close to Chand, the trip was fixed during the recent visit of a high-level Chinese delegation led by Chinese State Counsellor Yang Jiechi to Kathmandu. Party spokesperson Pampha Bhusal, however, had termed Chand’s visit as ‘personal’.
Chand´s visit to China has fuelled speculations as he kept the visit secret. The visit, according to party leaders, was scheduled earlier, but was deferred due to the party´s politburo meeting. According to party insiders, Chand has visited China more than half a dozen times over the past year. Chand is strongly advocates another armed struggle against the state
Talks, protest side by side: Ram Bahadur Thapa
KATHMANDU, Aug 30: A week after the talks between the High Level Political Committee (HLPC) and agitating CPN-Maoist led 33-party alliance failed, CPN-Maoist General Secretary Ram Bahadur Thapa said on Friday that his party will continue talks and protests simultaneously.
Addressing a rally of his party´s youth wing, National Youth People´s Volunteer, in Kathmandu, he also claimed that talks ended abruptly as per the instruction of some unforeseen foreign elements. “The talks which were moving ahead positively terminated dramatically as per the instruction of foreigners,” claimed Thapa. He also added that four parties — UCPN (Maoist), Nepali Congress, CPN-UML and United Democratic Madhesi Front — are planning to forcefully sideline his party.
The talks failed last Saturday on the issue of the procedure of holding a roundtable. The HLPC had agreed to call a roundtable but refused to postpone the CA elections scheduled for November 19. Thapa also recalled that his party was forced to launch people´s war 16 years ago after the then government refused to address the demands. “We will not go back to the jungle this time. Rather we will organize urban centric agitation — people´s revolt,” warned Thapa. He said the revolt will be capital-centric and his party´s youths are ready to counter any attempt of suppression by the government.
He said the elections are being held in an attempt to turn Nepal into a new Sikkim. He argued that the elections and national sovereignty are inter-linked so broader consensus shoud be forged before holding elections. “We want to save our country from becoming a new Sikkim. Boycott of the planned elections will help thwart any move aimed at Sikkimization,” added Thapa informing that his party would not accept CA election under the present situation.
Govt mulls ‘leading’ role for Army
The government is planning to give the Nepal Army (NA) a ‘leading’ role in the November 19 Constituent Assembly election . The plan was mooted after talks among the government, the High-level Political Committee and the CPN-Maoist-led poll-opposing alliance failed recently. The Army’s role was also considered after the government decided to hire very few temporary police personnel this time around.
Security agencies have questioned the credibility and neutrality of the personnel who used to be hired in thousands in election s earlier. Although the modality and the exact number of the Army personnel to be deployed are yet to be decided on, sources said around 40-60,000 of them will be sent out for the polls. The sources said that the number will depend on how many temporary personnel can be hired within the short time the government has in hand.
Sources said the NA personnel will be given a lead role, in coordination with other security agencies, in polling stations across the country. A separate ‘ election wing’ that has been set up in the NA is working on the number of personnel to be sent for the polls, the duties to be assigned to them, the commanding officers and relations with other security agencies like the Nepal Police and the Armed Police Force.