Factionalism mars CPN-M district convention
KATHMANDU, APR 01 – The CPN-Maoist ’s maiden attempt to set up district committees through election in its ongoing district convention is becoming an uphill task due to factional war. While some newly elected district committees have been challenged with an announcement of parallel committees, many other districts are finding it difficult to rise over the factionalism within the party. A faction led by party Secretary Netra Bikram Chand has denounced the party decision by forming parallel committees in Bhaktapur and Bara. Leaders close to Chand said such parallel committees could be formed in at least a dozen more districts if the party failed to nominate ‘genuine and committed’ leaders.
Chand faction has been blaming the senior leaders including Vice-Chairman CP Gajurel, General Secretary Ram Bahadur Thapa and Secretary Dev Gurung of unilaterally electing people loyal to them against the spirit of the cadres. “We will continue to challenge the party decision if old mistakes are repeated. Those who deserve and have confidence of the cadres should run the party,” said a leader close to Chand. The party is facing similar problems within its other wings including the civil servant union, trade union, student union and journalists’ union. Party sources said the party is likely to see more tussle between leaders in the coming days due to the growing aspiration of young leaders in the party.
Chand reportedly has huge popularity among the young leaders in the party, which is overwhelmingly dominated by former People’s Liberation Army members. However, senior party leaders including Baidya and Thapa have been infuriating the Chand panel by retaining old faces to maintain their influence within the party. CPN-Maoist sources said a serious power struggle has surfaced in the party after the UCPN (Maoist) Chairman Pushpa Kamal Dahal proposed to unify the two parties with Chand as its general secretary. CPN-Maoist Party Spokesperson Pampha Bhusal had recently told the Post that there is no struggle for power in the party.
Unity among left forces stalled
Efforts to bring the radical left under one umbrella by the CPN-Maoist have been stalled following the opposition of several leaders within the party. The party has decided not to unite with other parties until the completion of ongoing party restructuring. The party has been restructuring its organisation by electing the leaders through a district convention. The CPN-Maoist sources said the planned talks with the CPN (Unified) and CPN (Revolutionary) is unlikely to see any progress till the party’s upcoming national gathering. The last time talks were held between party Chairman Mohan Baidya, Pari Thapa of the CPN (Unified) and Mani Thapa of CPN-Revolutionary was a month ago.
“The leadership halted the unification talks following objection from several politburo members who think merging with other parties at this point of time could further disharmonise the party’s already weak organisation,” said a politburo member of CPN-Maoist . Party leader Mani Thapa said various factors, including the weak organisation of the CPN-Maoist , differences among its top leaders and its ongoing negotiation with the UCPN (Maoist), have suspended the dialogue for unification. “There were some issues to be sorted out but talks have been postponed for now. It will still take some time due to the internal problem of the CPN-Maoist party,” said Thapa.
Nepal‚ a battleground for foreigners: Dev Gurung
OKHALDHUNGA: CPN-Maoist Secretary Dev Gurung today accused imperialist and expansionist forces of trying to make Nepal their battleground. Inaugurating the party’s district conference in Okhaldhunga, Gurung alleged that foreign forces were pitting one party against another to finish off national existence. Flaying the UCPN-M, Gurung charged that its Chairman Pushpa Kamal Dahal and leader Baburam Bhattarai had dissolved the People’s Liberation Army under the directive of alien elements.
“The Nepali revolution has been pushed back by 50 years,” he said. Gurung held that the constitution promulgated by the CA would only be a repetition of the 1990 constitution. He stressed the need to usher in agitation to deliver a people’s statute.
Violence, arrests in Guangdong city of Maoming as locals rally against petrochemical plant
A Sunday rally against a petrochemical plant in the southern Chinese Province of Guangdong was instigated by “a group of outlaws,” the Maoming city government said, reacting to a rare show of public discontent in a city plagued by corruption scandals. Photos uploaded to social media showed several people lying seemingly unconscious in pools of blood on the southern city’s streets. The participants in the protest speak of arbitrary violence by members of the police against peaceful demonstrators. The Maoming government said on Monday that some demonstrators provoked police action by throwing rocks and water bottles at public facilities around 10.30pm on Sunday.
Workers at Samsung supplier strike over pay, insurance
Workers at a original equipment manufacture (OEM) factory in southern China that produces components for Samsung Electronics went on strike on March 29 over pay levels and social insurance deductions, reports the Guangzhou-based 21st Century Business Herald. The OEM company in Dongguan has over 1,000 employees and is a branch company of the Korean Samkwang Science & Technology, which is a supplier for Samsung. One striking worker was quoted by news portal NetEase as saying that the company deducts 80 yuan (US$12.90), or 8%, from a seasoned worker’s monthly 1,000 yuan (US$160) salary for social insurance.