CPN-Maoist to fight for CA dissolution
KATHMANDU, Dec 16: The CPN-Maoist that has been leading the alliance of poll boycotting political parties has vowed to fight for dissolution of the new Constituent Assembly (CA) saying that the November CA polls were held as per the ´master plan´ of foreign forces. The party also said that the new CA was no more relevant for the progressive forces as “it was captured by status quoist and regressive forces”.
The party has decided to forge a broader alliance of patriotic, people´s democratic and leftist forces to “liberate the country from the clutches of semi-feudal and neocolonial situation”. “The party has shed light on the main strategic thrust that a new people´s democracy is indispensable,” read the statement issued by the party in Kathmandu on Monday. The party has set the party´s immediate political line as building a national political agreement to “liberate” the country from foreign intervention and conspiracy.
Similarly, dissolution of the new CA, formation of a powerful high level all-party political body, formation of a national unity government, drafting of people´s constitution and working for national independence and sovereignty are other major issues that the party´s six-day central committee meeting has determined for the coming days. The party has claimed that the party´s decision to boycott the CA polls proved to be a right policy. The party also announced to hold its sister wings´ conferences. Similarly, Baidya declared that the twelve-point understanding signed between the then seven political parties and rebel CPN (Maoist) in 2006, in New Delhi, has been irrelevant following the latest political developments.
12-pt accord, CPA obsolete: CPN-M
KATHMANDU, DEC 17 – The CPN-Maoist on Monday declared the 12-point agreement and the Comprehensive Peace Accord have become obsolete in the changed political context and sought a new political agreement. The Mohan Baidya-led party questioned the relevance of the two historical documents claiming that the country has reverted to the post-1990 political scenario with the conservative forces, Nepali Congress and CPN-UML, taking the helm. CPN-M Chairman Baidya said the possibility of promulgating a ‘people’s constitution’ has ended following the defeat of ‘progressive forces’ in the Constituent Assembly election.
“The CA has been overpowered by the regressive and reactionaries. The achievements of the 10-year people’s war have been overturned since the force that fought the war has been reduced to an insignificant position,” Baidya told reporters at a programme organised to inform about the decisions of his party’s Central Committee meeting. The former rebel party had agreed to join the mainstream politics after signing the 12-point pact in New Delhi in 2005 with the Seven Party Alliance and signed the CPA the following year.
For the first time, the CPN-M formally owned up explosions triggered in several parts of the country ahead of the CA polls when the 33-party alliance had launched an anti-election campaign. Baidya said his party cadres carried out the blasts to show the government ‘public frustration and anger’. The CPN-M has demanded that the new CA be dissolved and urged the major political parties to promulgate a new constitution through a round-table conference. His party wants to replace the CA with an all party conference as an outlet to settle the contentious issues of the constitution writing process and government formation.
“If the major parties agree on the round-table conference, then we are ready to take part in both the constitution writing process and the government,” said CPN-M Secretary Dev Gurung. “There is no other way than dissolving the CA to end the political crisis.” He said that his party will shun the call to participate in the CA and the HLPC. The CC meeting said the party is open for forging a working alliance with the UCPN (Maoist) if the latter stays out of the CA. “Their elected leaders should resign from the CA and the party should not submit the PR list to the Election Commission,” said Baidya.
The meet, however, concluded that both the parties were poles apart in ideologies. Asked to comment on the landslide loss of the UCPN (M) in the election, Baidya said numerous factors, including the ‘surrender of people’s war’ by Dahal and ‘humiliating’ integration of the People’s Liberation Army into the Nepal Army, made the party’s loss inevitable. The CPN-M once again reiterated that it would launch a ‘people’s revolt on the foundation of the ‘people’s war’. The CC meeting concluded that the party should begin preparations for a ‘people’s revolt’ by focusing on a ‘urban-centric’ struggle.
Peace pacts have lost significance: Baidhya
KATHMANDU: CPN-Maoist Chairman Mohan Baidhya today declared that the 12-point agreement and the Comprehensive Peace Accord have lost their significance and relevance. The two agreements had brought the rebels to the peace process. Addressing a press meet organised at the Newa State Committee’s office in Kupondole to inform the media about the decisions of the third full meeting of the party’s central committee, Baidhya said the nation is back to square one now — back to the stage where the Nepali state was before the Maoists launched a ‘people’s war’ against it.
That was about 20 years ago, when the then CPN-Maoist started a war against the state demanding a pro-people constitution. Chairman Baidhya said his party will begin preparations for the people’s revolt now as the decadelong people’s war, waged for political transformation, has gone in vain. Asked whether the party will join hands with the Unified CPN-Maoist, he said the two parties can form a working alliance if UCPN-M leaders resign as Constituent Assembly members and the party refuses to send its proportional representation list to the CA.
“The alliance is not possible in the present context when the UCPN-M is preparing to dance to the tunes of the NC and the UML,” he said. Baidhya pointed that the Maoist party split mainly because the party leadership continued to take unilateral, arbitrary decisions on the issue of army integration and the constitution-making process despite his faction’s demand to expedite army integration and constitution-making simultaneously. Baidhya also owned up to the blasts that took place during the CA elections.
He justified them as reflection of popular anger against the decision of the government and the parties to conduct the polls. Responding to a query on the formation of an armed wing of the party, Baidhya said, “The use of force is essential in a revolution. Such a structure can be formed whenever necessary.” CPN-M Secretary Dev Gurung claimed that more than 50 per cent of the Nepali people refused to take part in the CA elections.
• 12-point agreement, CPA have lost significance • CA should be dissolved and a unity government formed to draft a constitution
• A broader front or working alliance comprising patriotic, leftists and new democratic forces is a must
• True revolutionaries outside the party, including those within the UCPN-M, should unite