CPN Maoist holding first convention in Dang
PYUTHAN: The first national convention of newly formed CPN Maoist, led by Netra Bikram Chand, began in Dang on Wednesday. Chand inaugurated the convention lighting a torch (masal) at the Om Shanti cinema hall in Tulsipur of the district. The first convention of the youngest Maoist party will finalise its ideology, policies and organisational structure. More than 600 party cadres and leaders are attending the meeting which will conclude on Saturday. Dang coordinator of the party, Kul Bahadur Oli said the closed session will begin tomorrow.
Chand will present a political paper calling the cadres for an ‘integrated revolution with Nepali originality’, party spokesperson Khadga Bahadur Bishwakarma said. The document has been already distributed to convention representatives, he added. The convention was said to be held in Rolpa. Later, it was shifted to Dang due to the bad weather, party sources said. Party cadres clad in combat dresses are deployed for security of the programme venue. Journalists briefly barred from reporting Meanwhile, party cadres blocked reporters from entering the programme hall. After repeated requests from the journalists, the party had allowed them to observe the inauguration session.
Thapa reiterates demand for all-party conference
ROLPA: General Secretary of the CPN-Maoist Ram Bahadur Thapa has said a pro-people constitution was possible only through an all-party political conference. Speaking at a press meet organised by his party in Rolpa district headquarters, Libang, today, he said his party does not even have one percent hope that the constitution based on identity would be promulgated by the current Constituent Assembly (CA) and stressed on the need of dissolving the CA and giving a way out to the current political impasse through the all-party political conference.
General Secretary Thapa arrived in Rolpa from where the then CPN-Maoist started the People’s War to train the party cadres, said, “The differences of opinion among the political parties is resulting in deepening the political deadlock, a sign of big movements in the country, and the CPN-Maoist would lead the movement.”
Speaking on the possibilities of his party’s unity with the Unified CPN-Maoist, the CPN-Maoist General Secretary Thapa said the two parties could have unity only when the UCPN-Maoist quit its stance on the ‘socialist revolution’. Referring to the dissociation of a faction led by Netra Bikram Chand from the CPN-Maoist, Thapa said, “Leader Chand has been diverted from the party’s principles and dissociated from the party; revolution is not possible just raising the arms in emotion, it should be guided by knowledge and political thought.”