CPN-Maoist on the verge of split
KATHMANDU, NOV 12 – The internal rift in the CPN-Maoist has reached boiling point with a faction led by Secretary Netra Bikram Chand calling a national gathering of supporters that leaders say could lead the former rebel force to another spilt. The Chand faction has called two representatives from each district for a ‘crucial meeting’ on Wednesday, ignoring CPN-Maoist Chairman Mohan Baidya’s warning of disciplinary action.
The two-day meeting is expected to be held in Butwal. Chand and Khadga Bahadur Bishwokarma had boycotted the party’s politburo meeting that started on Monday, accusing the establishment faction of “ignoring” their demand for a central committee meeting. In a statement on Tuesday, Baidya directed Chand to immediately stop factional politics or face action. The politburo meeting had concluded that some “responsible” leaders were acting against the party rules by boycotting the politburo meeting. The meeting, which unanimously passed Baidya’s political document, has decided to hold a central committee meeting on November 15 and an extended central committee meeting thereafter.
Bishwokarma said that he boycotted the politburo meet as there was nothing new to discuss. “As we see, the party establishment is trying to merge the party with the UCPN (Maoist) [the mother party]. How can they say we are splitting the party while we have been sticking to its true ideology?” questioned Bishwokarma, neither confirming nor denying a split. The two factions have been drifting apart after Chand challenged Baidya by presenting a separate political document titled “Unified people’s rebellion as a continuity of the People’s War” during the Central Committee meeting held on July 3. Baidya’s document spoke of launching a “popular revolt on the foundation of the People’s War”. Sources from both the sides said a split is imminent as the gulf between the two factions has widened due to the growing aspirations of young leaders.
Though Bishwokarma is the sole politburo member to support Chand, he has a huge following in the central committee. Most of the young leaders are former guerillas. Chand is strong also in district committees and other wings including Civil Servants’ Union, trade unions, students’ union and journalists’ union. He had earlier challenged the party establishment by forming parallel panels in the districts and sister wings. “He met district leaders across the country before challenging the establishment. He has considerable support at the central and lower levels to lead another revolutionary force,” said a CPN-M source.
Baidya warns of action against Chand
KATHMANDU, NOV 11 – The CPN-Maoist has ordered its faction led by Secretary Netra Bikram Chand to immediately halt the actions and activities against the party’s interests. The party establishment faction has warned of taking action against Chand faction after later boycotted the party’s politburo meeting accusing establishment faction of departing from the party principles and heading towards revisionism.
The politburo meeting held at party headquarters in Budhhanagar, Kathmandu on Monday and Tuesday expressed sadness saying that the responsible leaders themselves have started factional politics. There is growing difference between party Chairman Mohan Baidya and Secretary Chand over the party’s future roadmap. Chand faction has been preparing to call a separate meeting on Wednesday and Thursday outside valley while the party has called for a Central Committee meeting on November 15 to settle the internal dispute. The November 15 meeting is also proposing to call an extended CC meet on November 22, party sources said.
The meeting has demanded the government organise an all-party meet to forge a national consensus for constitution drafting. Likewise, the politburo meet has also asked the government to scrap the agreements for Upper Karnali and Arun-III hydropower projects signed with Indian companies.
CPN-Maoist CC meet to address increasing differences
KATHMANDU, , NOV 11 :The CPN-Maoist is to hold a plenum meeting of its central committee on coming November 22 in order to address the increasing differences in the party. The meeting has been summoned in wake of the boycotting of the party programmes by party secretary Netra Bikram Chand, who has been calling for a guerrilla war as per the need to complete the goals of the people´s revolt. Along with Secretary Chand, Khadga Bahadur Biswakarma also boycotted the party´s politburo meeting held on Monday and Tuesday.
It may be noted that Secretary Chand has already called a gathering of central members of his favour and two representatives each from every district for November 12. The politburo meeting decided to hold central committee meeting on November 15 and a plenum of the committee on November 22, according to a statement issued by the party Chair Mohan Baidhya here today. The meeting also decided to immediately stop