CPN-Maoist demands clarification from Chand faction
KATHMANDU, Nov 16: The CPN-Maoist has demanded clarification from the agitating faction of the party led by Secretary Netrabikram Chand for the faction´s alleged involvement in anti-party activities. A central committee (CC) meeting of the party held on Saturday and Sunday decided to seek clarification from the leaders for boycotting the CC meeting and holding factional activities, stated a press release issued by the party on Sunday.
As many as 68 leaders of the party, including secretary Chand, had held a separate meeting at Kapilvastu expressing discontent with the party line. “The meeting has decided to ask clarification to comrades Biplab (Chand), Prakanda (Khadka Bahadur BK) and others for their statements against the party, boycotting the party meetings and holding anti-party activities,” reads the statement. CPN-Maoist Chairman Mohan Baidya and General Secretary Ram Bahadur Thapa signed the statement. The CC meeting of the CPN-Maoist has also directed the party rank and file not to summon and attend any factional meeting without taking consent from the party.
Concluding that the factional activities in the party is a serious issue, the CPN-Maoist has directed the dissident faction to attend the party meetings after an apology. “The comrades are directed to join the party activities to strengthen the party unity with apology, correcting their previous mistakes,” reads the statement. The CC meeting endorsed a “special political proposal” put forward by party Chairman Baidya, to be presented in the extended meeting of the party central committee slated for November-22.
CPN-Maoist leaders ask Chand on board
KATHMANDU, NOV 16 – A majority of the CPN-Maoist members attending a central committee meeting on Saturday urged the party to end the internal rift by bringing the dissident faction led by Netra Bikram Chand on board. Chand supporters boycotted the meet. The first day of the CC meeting, which is expected to devise the party’s future strategy and endorse Chairman Mohan Baidya’s political document, was largely dominated by discussions on the parallel meeting convened by Chand in Kapilvastu. Some CC leaders wanted disciplinary action against Chand for boycotting the politburo meeting and holding a factional gathering.
“The meeting has decided to make efforts for reconciliation. Chand and friends should also acknowledge their mistake and sit together to bridge the rift through talks,” said Pampha Bhusal, CPN-M spokesperson. She demanded the dissident faction regret its action that went against the party’s directive. The CC meeting will pave the way for an extended central committee meeting next week when an “amended” version of Baidya’s political paper is expected to be endorsed.
Baidya’s paper talks about launching a “people’s revolt on the foundation of the People’s War” that the Chand faction claims to have failed to guide the party. The faction instead proposes an alternative vision of “unified rebellion” where he stresses that the party take a revolutionary approach to complete the “unfinished People’s War”. Chand said in Butwal that he intends to wait for the outcome of the CC meeting before deciding on his new next move that includes new party formation.
Unveiling the decision of the factional gathering, Chand charged that foreign intervention was growing and there were threats of a counter-revolution. He wanted the Constituent Assembly to be replaced by a political assembly to end the political impasse. Chand supporters said they would participate in the extended CC meeting and challenge the establishment with an alternative proposal for the “people’s rebellion as a continuity of the People’s War”.
MCCNP submits weapons to the government authority
HETAUDA: Maoist Communist Centre Nepal Party today handed over its weapons to the government through Makawanpur District Administration Office (DAO). As per the agreement reached with the government, party Chairman DS Mahat submitted weapons to the government through Makawanpur CDO Kesavraj Ghimire. The weapons submitted to the government by MCCNP comprise one set of SMG, 10 sets of shotguns, four muskets, 74 bullets, 41 detonators, three kilograms explosive device, 20 sets of empty socket bombs and two empty magazines, among others.
The party submitted its weapons after it sealed a five-point deal with the government two-and-a-half months ago in Nepalgunj. The party said the handover of weapons was delayed due to various reasons despite their understanding to hand over the weapons within two weeks after the agreement. The centre had revolted against the then CPN-Maoist after the former rebels joined the peace process in 2006. Party Chairman Mahat said they had handed over the weapons from four districts of Sarlahi, Bara, Rautahat and Makawanpur in the first phase.
According to him, the centre has 55 committees across the country. Mahat added that his party had submitted the weapons to create a conducive environment to write the constitution incorporating people from all communities and classes. The centre, which waged an armed struggle in 2006, had abandoned violence two years ago at the request of the government. According to the centre, as many as 54 party cadres have been arrested by government forces. Secretary Sitaram Dahal of the party pledged to hand over other weapons too.