MAO DAY: Five Maoist parties hit out at each other
KATHMANDU: Five different Maoist parties today celebrated the birth anniversary of Chinese Leader Mao at four different places and criticised each other. The CPN-Maoist, which waged a decade-long ‘people’s war’ following the path of Mao, is now split into five different parties — Pushpa Kamal Dahal-led Unified CPN-Maoist, Mohan Baidhya-led CPN-Maoist, Mani Thapa-led Revolutionary Communist Party, Matrika Yadav-led CPN (Maoist) and Netra Bikram Chand-led CPN Maoist.
Recently formed CPN Maoist today organised a mass demonstration at Khula Manch where party convener Netra Bikram Chand warned of another armed struggle if the achievements of the Maoist movement were not institutionalised. While addressing the function at party headquarters in Paris Danda today, UCPN-M Chair Dahal said the strategy of long-term armed struggle would be futile in Nepal in present context. Dahal, hinting at Chand’s warning to take up arms if necessary, said all Maoist forces must unite to achieve their common goal.
He further said the counter-revolutionary forces were successful at dividing the unified Maoist force into many parties so as to obliterate them. Meanwhile, at Khula Manch, Chand said UCPN-M Chair Dahal, senior leader Baburam Bhattarai and CPN-Maoist leaders, including Mohan Baidhya, had deviated from the revolutionary path and therefore he had to rise to the challenge. “People had sent them (leaders) as commanders but they have turned into jokers and billionaires,” he said. He, however, said his party was for peace and consensus, and pledged to work for the same. On the other hand, Baidhya-led CPN-M today held its first national conference at Om Sai Party Palace in Old Baneshwor. Baidhya vented his ire at Chand for splitting the party. He said Chand was truly a rightist opportunist in the guise of a Marxist. The remaining RCP and CPN (Maoist) leaders along with Unified CPN-Maoist General Secretary Krishna Bahadur Mahara marked the Mao Day organising a seminar at Sambad Dabali today.
CPN-Maoist’s national meet begins
KATHMANDU, Dec 26: The first national gathering of the Mohan Baidhya-led CPN-Maoist has kicked off in the capital city on Friday. The national gathering is expected to chart out the party action plans after the split of a team led by Netra Bikram Chand in the party. At the gathering, Chairman Mohan Baidhya has tabled a 26-page political document on contemporary political development. Addressing the cadres, Baidhya urged the party cadres and leaders not to be disheartened by the party split. “Chand´s exit splitting the party is to destabilize the revolution not to complete it,” Baidhya criticized.
Baidhya was of the view that Chand has exhibited himself as a power-hungry figure by proposing for power sharing in the name of talks prior to agitation. On a separate context, Chairman Baidhya said that the party would take to the street from January 9 to pile pressure on parties for constitution writing from an all-party conference. Some 800 representatives and observers are participating in the gathering that would conclude on December 29. RSS
Revolt under threat: Chand
KATHMANDU, DEC 27 – CPN Maoist Coordinator Netra Bikram Chand has said that the Maoist revolution is as much under threat from its founders as it is from counter-revolutionary forces in the country. Addressing the party’s first public gathering in the Capital on Friday, Chand said the new party was formed after senior leaders failed to live up to the aspirations of the people. He attacked UCPN (Maoist) Chairman Pushpa Kamal Dahal and CPN-Maoist Chairman Mohan Baidya of undermining the sacrifice of millions of poor people who propelled them to power. He said that Maoist leaders have failed to see the plight of Nepal’s peasants, youths and other underprivileged class in greed of power.
“We followed Kiran after Prachanda failed to justify our sacrifice. But Kiran too failed to justify it,” Chand said. He claimed that counter-revolutionary forces are conspiring to finish the Maoist revolution by targeting senior Maoist leaders’ greed for the posts of President and Prime Minister. He argued that he split the party after realising that someone had to come forward in order to preserve the legacy of the People’s war. “The activities of our leaders have left people in despair and anger. Many people are speculating it as end of Maoist revolution. We had fought for bigger cause but they deceived us,” Chand said.
He said his party is not against constitution but accused the ruling parties of using the constitution as a ploy to end Maoist leaders. Addressing the gathering, other leaders stressed that the constitution should be promulgated based on consensus among forces in and outside the CA. They warned of burning the constitution if ruling and opposition forces refuse to give place to forces outside the CA. “The ruling parties should seek consensus through an all-party assembly over CA to if they really want to promulgate acceptable constitution,” CPN Maoist leader Dharmendra Bastola said.
Chand demands CA dissolution
KATHMANDU: CPN Maoist leader Netra Bikram Chand on Friday said that there is no meaning of the two-third majority that the parties are talking about apropos to the promulgation of new constitution and demanded that the Constituent Assembly (CA) be dissolved. Dubbing the CA as fake and dummy, he argued that the Maoist rebels had won over 80 per cent of the country’s land, and they still bore support from more than two-third of the country’s population.
According to him, the CA is trying to build a constitution against the people and revolutionaries. “We want to build the people’s constitution. Any constitution that would be against people would not be acceptable,” he said, and repeated the demand to hold a powerful national political conference to write the country’s statute. The former rebel, now coordinator of a splinter Maoist party, claimed that a war has been waged against the Maoists after disarming them, and a counter-revolution has been launched in the name of peace.
Addressing an assembly of the party cadres, organised on the occasion of Mao’s birth anniversary, at Khullamanch in the Capital, he said the Maoists had honestly come to the peace process to empower people and write the people’s constitution, but they have been cornered and weakened. “This is the last chance. We are forwarding our hands for peace,” he said, warning of another war if his call was ignored and the counter-revolution and war against Maoists continued. According to him, cooperation and coexistence are indispensable elements of new efforts for peace. Presenting himself and his comrades as “little ones,” Chand called his former comrades of UCPN-Maoist and CPN-Maoist — Pushpa Kamal Dahal ‘Prachanda’ and Mohan Baidya ‘Kiran’– “big shots” and criticised them for “failing to address the aspirations of people and revolutionaries.”
He further charged that groups that act as per the interests of foreigners are dominant in the Nepali Congress and CPN-UML. Expressing differences with the ongoing political processes and course, he said, “We (Maoist rebels) honestly came to ensure people’s constitution, build new nation and for the change. We did not intend to seize the state and power, or enjoy the luxuries…..But as we reach here, unexpected results are seen. The ones who did hardship are hungry, the ones who struggled are ignored and victimised. Rulers are not people-oriented, they focus on chair (power).” “If need be, and if (we are) cornered while talking about peace, and the people’s rights and constitution are denied, the youths have to be ready to sacrifice themselves once again,” he urged, claiming that there would not be any betrayal this time.