CPN-Maoist’s national assembly concludes
KATHMANDU, Dec 29: The first national assembly of CPN-Maoist concluded here on Monday. The national assembly was called in wake of the Netra Bikram Chand faction of the party separating to form a new party, and to develop a new working strategy for the party. Addressing the assembly, CPN-Maoist Chairman Mohan Baidya said the assembly was useful to develop a unique working strategy by merging together the features of people´s war and popular revolt. He also said that the breakaway faction led by Chand would ultimately end as favoring reformism.
General Secretary Ram Bahadur Thapa said the gathering was successful in producing action plan and policy to take the revolution ahead. Of the total 151 central members, some 60 members joined the new party formed by leader Chand. However, the proposal to fill in those vacant posts was rejected by the participants of the gathering. Some 800 representatives and observers had taken part in the assembly.
Govt plans security
KATHMANDU, DEC 29 – The Home Ministry has directed security agencies to remain vigilant as the date for promulgating the new constitution approaches. In a meeting with regional administrators, security chiefs and chief district officers on Sunday, the ministry asked officials to beef up security in areas under their watch. Five regional administrators, 12 chief district officers from mid-Tarai and CDOs form Rupandehi, Banke, Kathmandu , Lalitpur and Bhaktapur attended the meeting headed by Deputy Prime Minister and Home Minister Bam Dev Gautam.
The CDOs briefed the security situation in the districts bordering India and possible infiltration of criminal elements from the other side of the border. Home Ministry spokesperson Laxmi Dhakal said they are preparing security plans to tackle an untoward situation before and after January 22. Minister Gautam sought ideas on how to curb the activities of the Netra Bikram Chand-led CPN Maoist that has threatened to stage a revolt. The meeting also assessed the strength of the newly announced party, its carders and the weapons it possibly has or may acquire in future. Top officials from Nepal Army, Armed Police Force (APF), Nepal Police and National Investigation Department provided inputs.
Sources at the ministry said that surveillance has been upped in many Tarai districts while in Kathmandu the centre of vigilance has been the Constituent Assembly premises. According to an assessment, Singha Durbar, City Hall, Sheetal Niwas and residences of the Vice President, prime minister, Constituent Assembly chairman and ministers are under watch. Security cover has been deemed essential also for the offices of major political parties. According to an APF report, activities of armed groups have increased in the bordering areas. Nepal Police also reported that it is preparing its own security plan. “If the new constitution is promulgated on schedule, we will focus on dismissing disgruntled groups,” said a security source.
“If there is no constitution on the date, the special security plan will be implemented.” The plan devises special protection for major party leaders and their residences. A special back-up force of Nepal Police and the APF will be deployed to contain an emergency. The meeting sensed real-time threat from the Maoist-Madhesi alliance during their protests and nationwide strike. Other groups deemed detrimental to law and order are some Limbuwan outfits in eastern Hills and religious fundamentalists such as pro-Hindu organisations and some Janajatis groups. “The ministry sought information about the activities of some parties, outfits and religious groups,” said an official present in the meeting. Officials said the moves of many Janajati activists and leaders of the Maoist parties led by Mohan Baidya and Chand are being tracked.