CPN-M Row: Secy Chand to wait till CC meet
KATHMANDU /KAPILVASTU, NOV 14 – CPN-Maoist Secretary Netra Bikram Chand has warned that the party could split if the planned central committee meeting fails to give a “new direction”, as demanded by his faction. The party’s politburo has announced to hold its central committee meeting on Saturday, which is expected to address the concerns raised by Chand and his loyalists. Discontent with the party leadership, Chand and his supporters have dissented against party Chairman Mohan Baidya and threatened to form a new party to start another “people’s war”. Disregarding Baidya’s warning, Chand visited Kapilvastu on Wednesday to discuss the prospect of forming a new party with his supporters.
Addressing the gathering at Shivagadhi village on Thursday, Chand said directed his supporters to prepare for another “rebellion”, but he clarified that it could take at least a few months to build a another “revolutionary force”. The planned central committee meeting is likely to decide if Chand and his supporters will quit CPN-Maoist. “There has been a decision to demand discussion on his (Chand) document in the central committee meeting.
The chairman’s document has failed to give a fresh blood to the party,” a senior leader told the Post, adding that they will form a new party if the establishment side fails to heed their demands. Chand had tabled a separate political document at the party’s central committee meeting in July, proposing unified people’s rebellion as a continuity of people’s war. Briefing the Kapilvastu gathering, senior leaders, including Khadga Bahadur Bishwokarma, claimed the party leadership was in a hurry to hand over the party back to UCPN (Maoist). “We should move ahead if this is what they want. The party cannot survive like this anymore,” a leader quoted Bishwokarma as saying. Sources said Bishwokarma is in favour of launching an underground rebellion. CPN-Maoist representatives from around 50 districts are participating in the two-day conclave.
CPN-Maoist secretary boycotts politburo meet
KATHMANDU, Nov 11: A serious rift has surfaced in the Mohan Baidya´s CPN-Maoist after disgruntled faction led by party secretary Netrabikram Chand boycotted the party´s politburo meeting in Kathmandu on Monday. The agitating faction has been forming parallel committees in several districts and is also preparing to hold a separate national convention within a few weeks, said a leader of the faction. Secretary Chand had also boycotted the party office bearers meeting held on Friday and Saturday. “Comrade Biplav (Chand) was also among those demanding the politburo meeting, so his absence does not bode well,” party spokesperson Pampha Bhusal, told Republica.
But a leader close to Chand said that Chand is currently in Chitwan to make preparations for an unilateral national conference of the party, said a leader close to him. In the 13-member politburo of the CPN-Maoist, Chand and another leader Khadga Bahadur Bishwakarma represent the dissident faction. CPN-Maoist was formed in 2012 as a splinter faction of the UCPN (Maoist). But division started in the splinter faction itself when Chand during the party´s central committee meeting in July submitted a separate political paper, expressing his differences with the political line of party chairman Mohan Baidya.
Though the party in July had decided to hold a special general convention within a year to finalize its political line, it has not yet fixed the date for such convention. Chand in his separate political paper has proposed to make preparations for yet another “people´s revolt” saying that producing “people´s constitution” is not possible from the existing political course and power structure while Baidya-led faction is for creating public pressure to produce “people´s constitution” on the ground laid by the 10-year long Maoist insurgency. The Chand faction leaders said that, their boycott is just a reaction to the party´s refusal to hold special convention.
Irked by a party´s decision to suspend a leader of his faction in Chitwan on the charge of forging alliance with a faction of UCPN (Maoist), Chand faction has of late expedited its parallel activities in various districts. “There is no point in attending the party politburo meeting because we have been demanding special convention for resolving the issue of political line of the party,” Party central committee member Santosh Budha, who is close to Chand told Republica.
Despite the boycott from the disgruntled faction, politburo meeting of the party started Monday. “We discussed party´s organizational issues and possible protest programs targeting the constitution promulgation deadline of January 22,” said spokesperson Bhusal. “The meeting will continue on Tuesday as well.” The party establishment faction has claimed that, the party would take action against the leaders boycotting the party meetings.