CPN Maoist holds mass assembly in Kathmandu
KATHMANDU, DEC 26 – The newly formed CPN Maoist is holding a mass assembly in the Capital on Friday, coinciding with the 122nd birth anniversary of Mao Zedong. The party supporters from across the country have gathered at Khullamanch for a show of strength. Chairman Netra Bikram Chand and other senior leaders will address the assembly. They are expected to announce the party’s agendas and position on the disputed issues of constitution drafting process. Party leader Khadga Bahadur Bishwokarma said on Thursday that they will appeal the senior leaders of major political parties to promulgate the new constitution through consensus between the forces inside and outside the Constituent Assembly (CA).
The ruling and the opposition parties should hold an all-party assembly instead of seeking consensus in the CA, he said. “A constitution promulgated without the participation of the parties outside the CA won’t be acceptable. The ruling parties should approach the forces outside the CA,” said Bishwokarma. The CPN Maoist has proposed “unified rebellion” as its ideological doctrine that is supposedly more radical than the “capitalist revolution of UCPN (Maoist)” and the “people’s new revolution” of CPN-Maoist. CPN Maoist leaders, however, are still unclear on how they plan to gather support of rural peasants and urban working class for its planned revolution. According to some central committee members, the party also hopes to use the mass gathering as a platform to collate the opinions of its cadres before the general convention. CPN Maoist plans to hold its general convention in the Capital on January 7-10 to decide the party’s guiding principle, organisational structure and strategies.
Current CA is not genuine: Chand
KATHMANDU, DEC 26 – Coordinator of the newly formed CPN Maoist, Netra Bikram Chand, has demanded the dissolution of Constituent Assembly (CA) and stressed on the need to write the new constitution through national political assembly. Speaking at a mass assembly of the CPN Maoist held at Khullamanch in the Capital on Friday, Chand opined that his party would not accept the new constitution drafted through the CA. “The current CA is fake. This CA is not legitimate and the people have not approved it,” he claimed.
He claimed that the CA was formed to wipe out the Maoists and there has not been any debate about people in the assembly. “That’s why the CA must be dissolved and a new constitution should be drafted by forming a national political assembly so as to ensure civilian rights.” Chand said his party would not accept the two-thirds majority. “The so-called two-thirds believed to be in the CA is delusive. The genuine CA is with the Maoists.” The Maoists, who had won 80 percent through the people’s war, still have a majority.
He alleged that the current CA was formed by a millionaire. “This is not my statement,” said Chand. “It was said by Nepali Congress lawmaker Gagan Thapa. Didn’t the UML comrades said whoever paid Rs 20 million became the lawmaker?” said Chand. Expressing his sympathy towards the UCPN (Maoist) leaders, Chand claimed the Maoist leaders who worked hard had to suffer loss at the hands of those who paid money. “Don’t the Maoists who won 80 percent in the people’s war need their legacy?” he questioned. In another context, the CPN Maoist leader said he had never thought that the Maoist rebellion would result in its present day condition. He lamented that the political career of Maoist leaders currently is in miserable condition.
“Youth are furious that Maoist led them to this path and finally left them in the middle,” Chand said,” I had never thought that the Maoist revolution would come to this point.” Leader Chand further said that the people feel betrayed by the Maoists as can be understood through people’s anti-Maoist sentiments expressed in social networking sites. Addressing the mass rally, Chand said that he tore his college certificate in Kathmandu and joined the Maoist’s armed movement under the influence of Maoist leaders Pushpa Kamal Dahal and Baburam Bhattarai.
Chand in donation drive
KATHMANDU, DEC 23 – The Netra Bikram Chand -led CPN Maoist has commenced a nationwide campaign to collect funds to ‘finance’ the ongoing activities of the newborn party. The party, which was announced a month ago with the backing of nearly one third central committee members of the CPN-Maoist , is scheduled to hold its first general convention on January 7 -10 in the Capital. CPN Maoist sources said the party has formed a “special squad to collect donations” as directed by the central steering committee coordinated by Chand.
The Post has learnt that party cadres are extracting from Rs 5,000 to Rs 2 million in donation from individuals, and small and medium-sized enterprises. The party is said to have given specific instruction to such squads to focus on private industries, foreign employment recruiting agencies, education consultancies, schools and hospitals in the Capital. They have also approached state-owned institutions. Such squads have been visiting business houses in person, sending text messages, letters and also making threatening phone calls for contributions.