CPN-Maoist conducts combat training in Rukum
RUKUM, Sept 5: The agitating CPN-Maoist has conducted an underground combat training for its cadres in Rukum with a view to preparing them for disrupting the Constituent Assembly (CA) polls scheduled for November 19. During the weeklong residential training held at Garayala village in western Rukum, 36 district cadres were trained in warfare skills. According to CPN-Maoist district leader Sher Bahadur KC, the weeklong training mainly focused on warfare skills and political orientation.
The cadres were taught martial arts techniques, ways of using batons, making bombs and detonating explosives.It may be recalled that Ram Bahadur Thapa and some other key CPN-Maoist leaders had given similar trainings before the UCPN (Maoist) launched armed insurgency in 1996 in the foothills of Maurikhara in the same district. The Maoist party has chosen the same area this time around also. “For now, we have trained our cadres in self defense,” said KC. “We gave only theoretical training on using weapons as giving a practical training would send a wrong message.” After receiving the training, the cadres have fanned out to intensify the party´s anti-election campaign.
Election will be disrupted: Chand
DHARAN: CPN-Maoist Secretary Netra Bikram Chand today ruled out the possibility of his party unifying with the Unified CPN-Maoist. Speaking to THT in Dharan, Chand said his party wouldn’t unify with the UCPN-Maoist as it has been influenced by foreign forces. Earlier, UCPN-M Chairman Pushpa Kamal Dahal had spoken about the possibility of unification between the two Maoist parties while addressing his party cadres in Lalitpur on Tuesday.
Chand accused the UCPN-M of spreading rumours of party unification with the intention of garnering more seats, and he clarified that his party had never held discussions on unification so far. Chand further reiterated that his party would not contest the November election and it was determined to boycott it. Chand further blamed the UCPN-M of betraying the people by surrendering to foreign interest. He argued, “Our party may think of cooperation only if Pushpa Kamal Dahal and Baburam Bhattarai rectify their errors immediately, but there is no possibility of unification at present.” He warned that his party would not compromise with any party against national sovereignty and interest of the people. He warned that his party would capture every election booth if polls were held without taking all the poll-opposing parties on to the election process. He also warned of armed protest in case election is imposed by excluding the interest of a large chunk of people. Chand suggested that the election fund be invested in developmental activities including education, health and development of fundamental infrastructure in the country.
CPN-Maoist will not join polls: Thapa
CHITWAN: CPN-Maoist General Secretary Ram Bahdur Thapa has claimed that the UCPN (Maoist) has forwarded them the proposal to either unify with the mother party or join the poll process. Speaking to media persons in Narayangadh on Friday, Thapa, however, warned that his party would disrupt the elections. “Every political party has a right decide its own course of action,” said Thapa. The CPN-Maoist has demanded annulment of the 25-point agreement, formation of a government led by a political party, roundtable conference between all the political forces and deferral of the CA polls. He further said that his party would not go for unification with the UCPN (Maoist).
RTC must be constitutional: Gajurel
KATHMANDU: CPN-Maoist Vice Chairman CP Gajurel today said his party would not accept any round table without constitutional provision. The High Level Political Committee is considering a round table with the Federal Socialist Party though the latter flatly rejected its possibility during talks with the 33-party alliance. At an interaction today, Gajurel urged President Ram Baran Yadav to facilitate the round table conference. Gajurel said the four major forces should be ready to defer the election date if they want to hold elections with consensus.
He further reiterated the need to resolve the conflict regarding the current government and polling date through a conference. Gajurel said the nation could face confrontation if the army is mobilised to hold CA elections. “Nobody will support elections held by mobilising the army,” he added. Meanwhile, CPN-M Chairman Mohan Baidhya, at an interaction on ‘Talks, and election’ organised by the 33-party alliance, today urged the HLPC to be cautious. The alliance will declare constitution through the streets if the RTC is held without constitutional provision, he warned. Speaking at the interaction, FSP Chairman Ashok Rai said elections are not possible without the 33-party alliance, but the parties and the government were not putting any effort to create a conducive environment for them. He said going to election in this state will only invite confrontation.