Poll-shy CPN-Maoist holding CC meet in Dang
DANG, Oct 9: Poll-shy CPN-Maoist party is holding its Central Committee (CC) meeting on how to foil the forthcoming Constituent Assembly (CA) polls in Lamahi, Dang on Wednesday. As many as 70 Maoist leaders including the Central Committee members of the six state committees are participating in today’s meeting, said a source privy to the meeting. It is learnt that Party Chairman Mohan Baidya, Vice Chairman CP Gajurel, General Secretary Ram Bahadur Thapa and Secretary Netra Bikram Chand are participating in the meeting. The meeting has been called to build a strategy as to how to foil the forthcoming CA elections slated for November 19, said CC member Idrajit Cahudhary.
According to him, today’s meeting will sketch a draft targeting to hit the forthcoming CA polls. The meeting is expected to come up with a clear-cut strategy regarding how to frustrate the CA polls. At a time when the major parties are gearing up to hold CA elections on November 19, poll-opposing party CPN-Maoist is out in the nation-wide campaign to foil the CA polls.
Agitating front to launch anti-poll movement after Dashain
KATHMANDU: The 33-party alliance led by CPN-Maoist has been preparing to launch an aggressive movement after Dashain. The alliance says that the major parties and the government have ‘forced’ it to launch the campaign. During the politburo meeting of CPN-Maoist held here today, the leaders opined that the party and the alliance would show their strength after Dashain vacation. “The alliance remained calm because people were busy preparing for the festival.
We will come up with stern protest plans as soon as the festivals are over,” said a politburo member. According to Lekhnath Neupane, a central committee member, bypassing the alliance even when it was urging the parties to take their demands into consideration and create a favourable environment for them to join elections only means that they want the alliance to become aggressive. CPN-Maoist Chairman Mohan Baidhya had recently directed leaders of the party’s state committees to focus on UCPN-M Chairman Pushpa Kamal Dahal claiming that he was responsible for blocking the alliance’s way to election and it was his idea to deploy the national army against the alliance.
General Secretary of Revolutionary Communist Party, Mani Thapa, also said they had no alternative to launching a movement after Dashain. Neupane said Dahal and other party leaders wanted to incite the CPN-M and the alliance to take up arms and fight against army and police. Leaders also said the UCPN-Maoist, fearing loss in the election, has been inciting the CPN-M to launch an armed struggle so as to foil the election. The party has been calculating the possible losses it would incur if an aggressive movement against the election is launched and then take a measured move after Dashain vacation, said Neupane. The politburo meeting of the party today decided to launch a door-to-door campaign till October 27 urging the people to boycott the election, telling them about the ill intentions of the major parties.
CPN-M (Solukhumbu) in-charge Ram Bahadur Thapa said since the lower-level cadres were very angry at the irresponsible act of the government and the major parties, the parties in the alliance have been facing difficulty to assuage them. Kavre district in-charge of the CPN-M, Dipak Devkota, also said they were planning to launch a powerful movement to foil the election.