CPN-M charts course of ‘people’s revolt’
KATHMANDU: The week-long central committee meeting of the CPN-Maoist concluded today with endorsement of party Chairman Mohan Baidhya’s political proposal. The CPN-Maoist decided to launch an aggressive campaign to strengthen and extend the organisation of the party from mid-December 2013 to mid-February 2014 and then begin its struggle for dissolution of the CA leading to an all powerful national political conference that would ultimately culminate in the formation of a joint national government that would draft the new constitution. Baidhya urged party leaders to research alternative models of the revolution as the existing models were outdated in the context of Nepal.
Baidhya said people’s revolt was a greater priority than people’s war, but it was not possible to go for it with the existing party structure that could not maintain secrecy and discipline. He said the party must be corrected before embarking on people’s revolt. Pointing out that the main problem with the Nepali communist movement was that it had deviated towards the right, Baidhya declared he would not die a rightist.
The CC has assessed its poll boycott campaign as largely successful. The party also claimed that UCPN-M’s erroneous party line and deviation were major reasons behind its humiliating defeat, though the boycott campaign also played a role. CC member Lekhnath Neupane said the party will join hands with left forces fighting for republicanism, secularism, federalism and national interest by forming a working alliance or forging unity with parties. CPN-M will appeal to all UCPN-M revolutionary to join the party that follows the true essence of communism.
CPN-M to stay out of CA
KATHMANDU, DEC 15 – The CPN-Maoist has formally decided to stay out of the Constituent Assembly. The party reached this decision at the conclusion of its week-long Central Committee meeting on Saturday. The Mohan Baidya-led party, however, said it was ready to participate in the new government and the constitution writing process if the major parties agree to make a round table conference an alternative to the CA .
The meeting approved the document presented by Baidya that calls for “an urban-centric revolt to launch a people’s revolt” on the foundation of the ‘people’s war’, the party’s original political line when it was formed. Leaders, in the meeting, criticised Baidya for failing to clarify the party’s line of ‘people’s revolt’ and showing greed for joining the new CA and charting out an unclear anti-election stance. Baidya tried to placate them, saying that he would “rather die than join hands with reactionaries”. “The party should focus on a city-centric people’s revolt. We should keep the young people mentally and physically prepared for it,” a CC member quoted Baidya as saying.
Several Politburo and CC members vented their anger on the leadership, especially on party Vice-chairman CP Gajurel and Secretary Dev Gurung, for making public statements about the CA . The leaders also sharply criticised the leadership for its poor and oftentimes an obscure stance when the party had launched an anti-election campaign. The CPN-M has concluded that the emergence of an ‘old political powerhouse’ is a threat to the past achievements. The party said it fears the Nepali Congress and the UML might backtrack from the issues of federalism, secularism and republicanism. Gurung said his party was for dissolving the new CA because it would further ‘polarise politics instead of giving a political breakthrough’ for the peace and constitution processes.
“There is no substitute for political consensus to mend the political fragmentation. An all-party mechanism should be a platform for consensus politics,” Gurung said. Baidya told leaders that there was no immediate possibility of an alliance with the UCPN (Maoist) due to its ideological deviation. CPN-M CC member Sudip Malla said the party has decided to make a formal appeal to the hardliners of the UCPN (M) to join the party.
It has also decided to remain open for forging a working alliance with the Pushpa Kamal Dahal-led party if the latter stays outside the CA , said Malla. In his political document, Baidya also proposed establishing a ‘communist forum’ by accommodating all revolutionary and nationalist forces. The CPN-M has concluded that its decision to boycott the CA election has put the party in a ‘parallel and alternative’ national power in the existing political scenario. The party has also decided to call a national gathering of its leaders and cadres within a few months.
Nepal: Need for Military outfit for urban revolt, says Badal
Expressing serious concern over increasing rightist mindset and panic for early victory among the party rank and file said Chairman Mohan Baidya Kiran of Nepal Communist Party (Maoist) at the ongoing party central committee meeting, that “I am ready to die but I will not become a rightist.” Kantipur Daily further quoting unnamed party central committee member reports, Baidya while clarifying some confusion among the party cadre-ship said December 14, 2013, “The international environment may not have been exactly in our favor. However, nothing is impossible.” “The international situation is not that unfavorable either,” he said and added, “Intense struggle between the third world and the imperialists is still on.”
The daily newspaper further reports that the party leadership at the meeting drawing a final conclusion have converged that the party objective was still the peoples’ revolt. “Peoples’ revolt is the only objective, thus there should be no confusion,” clarified party general secretary Ram Bahadur Thapa Badal. In this line the party has also decided to give a shape to a military outfit for a possible urban revolt. Challenging days approaching perhaps.
Chinese firms interested in runing Nepal’s state-owned enterprise
An official of the Nepal’s Ministry of Industry said on Sunday that two Chinese companies have shown interests to take over one of the country’s state-owned enterprise which is defunct at present. The Chenhui Minerals Limited and South China Mining Energy Company from China had applied to operate the Nepal Metal Company Limited (NMCL) in the first week of October this year by taking all shares. “These companies however had not proposed to own the NMCL jointly,” Chitrangat Baral, an official of the ministry, told Xinhua.
These Chinese companies have been in regular contact with the ministry, making queries about the Nepal government’s decision if the state-owned enterprise be sold or not. “The final decision in this regard however will be made on coming Thursday this week,” Baral added. Established in 1976, the NMCL engages in mining, beneficiation and marketing of zinc-lead ores and concentrates.