Chand-led CPN Maoist steps up donation drive
KATHMANDU, JAN 08 – The newly-formed CPN Maoist has intensified its donation drive to collect funds to run its activities. The party, led by Netra Bikram Chand, has been sending out letters to private industries, business houses, schools, colleges and even government offices seeking support for its campaign to “safeguard” the achievements obtained through the people’s struggle. According to businessmen, though the letters bearing Chand’s signature do not specify the amounts the party cadres are demanding hefty sum.
The party has formed multiple squads to collect donations from various sectors. Leaders from the party’s student wing have been approaching schools and colleges, while those leading the youth and labour wings have been mobilised to collect funds from the industries and business houses. The party, set up a month ago with the backing of nearly a third of the central committee members of Mohan Baidya led CPN-Maoist, has started its first national gathering in Dang to decide on its future course. An industrialist said that party cadres would ask for tidy donation when they visit firms in person but the letter does not specify any amount. But they are also not using threatening language, he said.
“The tendency of using threatening language has slowed down over the last few years.” Officials of industry bodies, including the Federation of Nepalese Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FNCCI) and the Confederation of Nepalese Industries (CNI), said they had not yet received formal complaints about extortion from the Chand party. “If the reports of extortion are true, it would be very unfortunate as it will drive away potential investment from the country,” said FNCCI President Pradeep Jung Pandey.
Chand demands lion’s share in power corridor
DANG: Claiming that Maoists had won the war in 80 per cent of the country’s territory before joining the peace process, newly-formed CPN Maoist Coordinator Netra Bikran Chand today demanded 80 per cent share in the government. Inaugurating his party’s First National Conference two months after it split from the Mohan Baidhya-led CPN-Maoist, Party Coordinator Chand said, “Since Maoists had won the war in 80 per cent of country’s territory, NC and UML cannot rule the former rebels”.
He warned of waging a stern struggle if the NC and UML, which had control over just 20 per cent of country’s area, tried to sideline the Maoists. Insisting that Maoists had joined the peace process by winning the war, Chand argued that they had done a favour by freeing NC and UML leaders imprisoned by former king Gyanendra Shah. “We released the leaders jailed by the ex-royal. But, now, they are hatching a conspiracy to finish us off,” Chand alleged. Stating that his party was not ready to bow to NC and UML pressure, Chand accused the ruling parties of resorting to behind the scene manoeuvres to sap his party. “We would have admitted had we lost the war in the past.
We are ready to acknowledge our loss if we lose now. But their tactics of weakening our party through a conspiracy is not acceptable,” Chand added. Coming down heavily on the ruling parties, Chand accused the NC and UML of violating the norms of the transition period. He said that his party was ready to move ahead in peaceful politics if the ruling parties mended their ways for co-existence. He, however, warned of waging an armed struggle if their demands were not met by the parties in the government. Referring to the Beni incident raised by National Human Rights Commission, Chand accused the government of trying to trap his party.
“I was the commander of the Beni attack. If the government revives war time incidents such as in Beni, we are ready to give birth to many other Beni incidents,” Chand warned. He warned of reviving the conflict-era people’s government and kangaroo court to counter the constitutional body’s move. The gathering will draw up the party’s future actions and elect the party leadership. A discussion is slated on the political paper presented by Chand, from tomorrow.
Chand: Revolution against capitalism is inevitable
DANG, JAN 08 – The national convention of the Netra Bikram Chand-led CPN Maoist kicked off at Tulsipur in Dang on Wednesday. Speaking at the inaugural function, Chand emphasised the need of launching “unified revolution” in the country. “There will be a unified revolution in the country with the participation of the masses,” he said. The revolution will be against capitalism and its compradors, he said, adding that his party was ready to wage a war if need be.
He said that a new revolution was inevitable as the leaders like Pushpa Kamal Dahal, Baburam Bhattarai, Mohan Baidya and Ram Bahadur Thapa betrayed the Maoist revolution. According to Chand, there should be a fair power sharing to maintain peace and stability in the country. He calmed that since the Maoist revolution succeeded in winning 80 percent of the land in the country, the Maoists should get 80 percent share in the government. The convention will conclude on Saturday, electing a new party leadership. Chand is scheduled to present his political document on Thursday. Around 400 representatives from various parts of the country are attending the convention.