Nepal: Don’t repose trust on Chairman Dahal, says Baidya
There is no alternative except to opt for a new struggle, so said Chairman Mohan Baidya Kiran of Nepal Communist Party-Maoist talking to the representatives of some 90 parties that had contested the freshly concluded election but failed to secure a single seat for the party in the yet to formed Constituent Assembly. “I am confident that this constituent assembly too will fail miserably. There is no possibility of a new constitution through this CA,” Baidya was quoted as saying by the party spokesperson. Empty vessel sounds much. “I advise you not to rely of Prachanda ji (UCPN Chairman Pushpa Kamal),” he said and continued, “You cannot trust his words.”
The representatives of the 90 parties had met Baidya to submit a memorandum wherein they have demanded their representation in the CA as per the votes secured by individual parties in the election. Baidya also said that at present Prachanda is threatening to boycott the CA, this he is doing for a political bargain…eventually he will join the CA. “He is not a person with firm stand on anything,” also said Baidya. “If you relay on a person who does not have a stand you will be betrayed finally,” Baidya said.
CPN-Maoist mulling to raise CA disbandment issue
KATHMANDU, DEC 08 – The Central Committee (CC) meeting of Mohan Baidya -led CPN-Maoist kicked off in the Capital on Sunday with the party likely to broach up the issue Constituent Assembly disbandment. Sources informed that the party was preparing to bring up the issue of CA disbandment in the CC meeting. Chairman Mohan Baidya ‘s political document that includes party’s future working guideline, the one with the idea of CA dissolution, has been distributed to the CC members. Party spokesperson Pampha Bhusal informed that the CC meet would review party’s role after the general convention and the recently concluded CA election which the party had boycotted. She added that the CC meet would decide on party’s future political line and also rearrange party’s organisational structure.
CPN-Maoist calls CC amid differences
KATHMANDU, DEC 08 – A CPN-Maoist Central Committee meeting, scheduled to begin on Sunday, is likely to see contention between two factions over whether to continue with the street protest or accept an offer to join the Constituent Assembly (CA). According to Secretary Dev Gurung, the first CC meeting after the party decided to boycott the CA polls, will appraise the party’s past strategy and formulate its future political course. The meeting is likely to be dominated by calls for street agitation or joining the assembly since the leadership has floated differing views.
Some leaders including Vice-chairman CP Gajurel want to join the CA seeking ‘dignified’ position and an all-party conference, while others such as Secretary Netra Bikram Chand insist on continuity of the struggle. Many party leaders doubt the Nepali Congress and the CPN-UML are serious about incorporating them into the CA and protecting the past achievements. A leader close to Chand said the party may be open to joining the CA depending on the treatment of the major parties and the strategy of disgruntled parties.