CPN-M revives conflict era structures
KATHMANDU, DEC 24 – In a preparatory move to launch the ‘people’s revolt’, the CPN-Maoist has formed a ‘Unified People’s Committee’ (UPC) and revived many organisational structures active during the ‘people’s war’. CPN-Maoist sources said the party’s recent politburo meeting formed various committees under the UPC headed by Dev Gurung. The decision, which has yet to be announced officially, was given the final shape by a meeting of the party’s top brass on Sunday.
CPN-Maoist Politburo member Haribhakta Kandel said the party had merely revived the defunct committees. The UPC, which is expected to work as parallel to local bodies, comprises of heads of various sister wings of the party. In 2001, the then CPN-Maoist party had formed a similar structure called the Revolutionary People’s Council under the leadership of Baburam Bhattarai.
4-point deal useless, says CPN-Maoist leader Bastola
KATHMANDU, DEC 24 – CPN-Maoist has remarked that the four-point agreement reached among the major parties earlier today was useless . Party politburo member Dharmendra Bastola said that the agreement reached among Nepali Congress, UML and UCPN (M) had no meaning. “We have been demanding an all-party meeting through a roundtable conference,” said Bastola,” There is no point in giving continuity to the political committee, as agreed by the parties.”
Earlier in the day, major three parties–NC, UML and UCPN (Maoist) –had signed a four-point deal agreeing to form a High Level Political Mechanism (HLPM), a parliamentary board to look into alleged rigging during the November 19 Constituent Assembly (CA) polls, Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC) and Commission on enforced Disappearances. A meeting with the Madhesi leaders later in the evening had endorsed the four-point deal.
CPN-Maoist Gen Secy demands dissolution of CA
NEPALGUNJ, DEC 24 – General Secretary of CPN-Maoist, Ram Bahadur Thapa , has claimed that the political impasse facing Nepal will not be resolved unless the present Constituent Assembly ( CA ) is dissolved. Talking to journalists at Nepalgunj on Tuesday, Thapa has claimed the votes cast by the people to the political parties and the CA election procedures were not democratic. Thapa opined that the problem should be sought through an assembly of political parties.
“Every election procedures aren’t democratic”, Thapa said, “There are other democratic procedures and methods. That’s why there is need to change the method.” The CPN-Maoist leader also said that his party has been holding discussions with some parties regarding the political assembly. But he denied having held talks with Nepali Congress, CPN-UML and UCPN (Maoist).
CPN-Maoist launches campaign to identify ‘genuine cadres’
KATHMANDU, Dec 22: After one-and-a-half years after its formation, the CPN-Maoist has decided to launch a campaign to identify its “genuine cadres” at the grassroots. The party has launched a three-month campaign to reach out to the grassroots and identify cadres loyal to the party. The decision was taken following a meeting between the party leaders and chiefs of the party´s sister organizations on Sunday.
The party led by Mohan Baidya was formed after split from the UCPN (Maoist) in June last year. “There are many faces at the local level whose loyalty we doubt. So we are going to expand our local committees after identifying if they are our loyal cadres,” Santosh Buda Magar, a central committee member of the party, told Republica. The campaign would begin this week. During the campaign, the CPN-Maoist leaders will make a nationwide tour and form local committees. “We will form committees in all the remaining VDCs and wards. This will help us identify genuine cadres of the party,” he added. CPN-Maoist has its units in most of the districts and villages across the country and now wants to expand committees to the ward-level.
“We have decided to form and expand our committees even at the ward-level,” party secretary Dev Gurung told Republica. Party leaders claim the campaign would help the party identify the loyal cadres and strengthen the party organization. “Though we had planned to launch this campaign earlier, we could not do so as we were engaged in drafting our party´s work plan,” Magar added. Claiming that the result of the Constituent Assembly (CA) election has proven that their party line is better, Magar said it would now be easier for their party to attract neutral cadres.
The campaign also aims at assessing the party´s strength at the grassroots. CPN-Maoist leaders hope that their new strategy would help cadres who are in a dilemma over whether or not to quit the UCPN (Maoist) join CPN-Maoist. CPN-Maoist is also preparing to hold its national convention in June. Prior to that, the CPN-Maoist will expand and strengthen the party organization. They party is making internal plans to launch protests from March to exert pressure on the major political parties to meet their demands. The CPN-Maoist boycotted the CA election and has been demanding a round-table conference to forge consensus on contentious issues in constitution writing.
CPN-Maoist reshuffles responsibilities of leaders
KATHMANDU, DEC 20 – CPN-Maoist has reshuffle d the responsibilities of its politburo members. Party politburo member Hari Bhakta Kandel informed that the party had decided to scrap the earlier ‘command’ system, and had instead decided to entrust one politburo member with the responsibility of two state committees. Leaders Khadga Bahadur BK, Hari Bhakta Kandel, Hitman Shakya, Indra Mohan Sigdel, Kul Prasad KC and Narayan Sharma have been given the responsibilities of the state committees. Earlier, the party had adopted ‘command’ system for boycotting the Constituent Assembly election held on November 19.
33-party bloc to stay out of CA
KATHMANDU, DEC 22 – The 33-party alliance led by the CPN-Maoist on Saturday decided to exclude itself from the constitution drafting process. A meeting of the alliance held at the CPN-Maoist headquarters in Buddhanagar, Kathmandu, on Saturday concluded that the CA cannot promulgate a “people’s federal democratic constitution” and agreed not to be part of any such process it carries. “The so called forceful polls based on the regressive March 14 move cannot deliver a people’s federal democratic constitution.The election has pushed the country towards a retrogressive direction,” the alliance said in a statement.
Accusing the state and leaders of the four major parties of unwilling to forge a national political agreement, the alliance said that there is no alternative to street protests in the current scenario. “The alliance has decided to resort to stress protests to draft a people’s federal democratic constitution,” read the statement issued by Maoist Secretary Dev Gurung on behalf of the alliance. It has demanded an agreement on prime contents of a new constitution through a round-table conference representing all parties.
The meeting of the alliance also concluded that the poll-boycotting campaigns were successful. “The political issues raised by the alliance have been established among people thorough the agitations,” said the statement. Claiming that over 500 leaders and cadres have been charged with false cases during poll boycotting campaigns and 15 are still in detention, the alliance has demanded their unconditional release.