Chand presents political paper at CPN Maoist convention
PYUTHAN: Closed session of the CPN Maoist first national convention began in Dang on Thursday. Party coordinator Netra Bikram Chand presented a political paper at the meeting being held in Tulsipur of Dang from Wednesday. Convention participants are discussing the political paper, sources said. The party has formed a four-member presidium including leaders Santosh Budha, Ekraj Bhandari, Tilak Pariyar and Bandhu Chand to facilitate the discussions. The first convention of the youngest Maoist party is expected to finalise its plan of action. Around 600 cadres are taking part in the convention, according to party spokesperson Khadga Bahadur Bishwokarma.
Strike cripples life in eastern Nepal
Kathmandu – Normal life came to a standstill in eastern Nepal due to a strike called by the CPN-Maoist, a breakaway faction of the UCPN (Maoist) on Friday. The CPN-Maoist cadres halted public transport service, closed shops, factories, educational institutes in all major cities and towns of eastern Nepal early morning.
The Mohan Baidya-led Maoist faction says the strike is to protest against their exclusion from the constitution writing process. The CPN-Maoist did not take part in the second Constituent Assembly (CA) elections held in November 2013. Baidya’s cadres had also set public vehicles ablaze to disrupt the second CA elections. As the 22 January deadline to promulgate the new constitution nears, the Baidya-led faction has announced protests against the statute drafting.