Baidya offers UCPN (Maoist) for unification
KATHMANDU, Feb 5: After two-and-a-half years of party split, the central committee meeting of the Mohan Baidya-led CPN-Maoist has formally decided to approach the UCPN (Maoist) for reunification. The CPN-Maoist that had boycotted the election to the second Constituent Assembly has also urged the UCPN (Maoist) to quit the Constituent Assembly (CA) and join forces with them against the existing system. But, Pushpa Kamal Dahal, who also leads the alliance of opposition parties in the CA, is already under fire from several quarters, including his own party, for even mulling any such move.
The alliance under Dahal´s leadership has been boycotting the CA meetings and has announced protest programs for the next couple of weeks. The Dahal-led opposition alliance has claimed that they had to take to the streets as the ruling coalition cornered them on ground of their numerical strength in the CA. Unveiling decisions of the central committee meeting on Thursday, Baidya proposed unification of the two parties, formation of a Maoist Communist Center and strengthening of the agitating alliance.
“To remain in the CA would mean surrendering to the regressive forces. So, they [UCPN (Maoist)] have no alternative other than joining forces with us in our protests,” Baidya said at a press meet in Kathmandu on Thursday. Some of the leaders, including UCPN (Maoist) party vice-chair Narayankaji Shrestha, are against the Baidya´s proposal. Even leaders close to Dahal are averse to accepting Baidya´s invitation. “Neither unification nor any working alliance with Baidya´s party is possible now because we are still for making efforts to bring a make new constitution in consensus while they want us to quit the CA permanently,” UCPN (Maoist) Secretary Barshaman Pun told Republica.
He said they would consider forming a working alliance with the Baidya-led alliance only if the latter forfeits its demand for CA dissolution. Baidya, however, appears intent on forming a working alliance with the UCPN (Maoist)-led alliance. “We are for unification with the UCPN (Maoist). If this is not possible, we are even ready to forge a working alliance to intensify our protests,” said Baidya. Dahal is being strongly criticized by Nepali Congress (NC) and CPN-UML for “cooperating with the political forces that are against bringing a new constitution from the CA. NC and UML leaders argue that they can´t fully trust Dahal unless he distances himself from forces like CPN-Maoist.
PBCP cadre arrested along with four bombs in Chuadanga District
Police arrested a cadre of outlawed Purbo Banglar Communist Party (PBCP) at Marufdoha village in Chuadanga District on February 4, reports The Daily Star. The arrestee is Mizanur Rahman alias Mirza (34). Police also recovered four bombs from his possession.