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‘Communist Centre’ for putting proletariat first
- ucpn-maoist national convention
May 2, 2014-
In a bid to consolidate communist forces, UCPN (Maoist) Chairman Pushpa Kamal Dahal has pitched the idea of forming “a powerful communist centre” to press the cause of the proletariat.
Dahal has underlined the need for polarisation between communist and non-communist forces in society under the banner of his party. In his political document presented to the closed session of the national convention that began in Biratnagar on Thursday, Dahal has said the immediate priority of his party is to unify with the breakaway CPN-Maoist.
“We should start preparations for creating a powerful communist centre accommodating parties and individuals that stand for national sovereignty and social class,” a convention participant quoted Dahal’s document. There are at least a dozen communist parties in Nepal and Dahal wants to unite them.
For the constitution drafting process, Dahal has proposed an alliance of Madhesis, Janajatis, Muslims and Dalits to press for identity-based federalism. He advocates consolidation of communist parties saying that only one force cannot secure a majority to rule the country.
In the document, he has said the party’s immediate goal is to create environment for an effective implementation of the political, social and economic agendas outlined in the Comprehensive Peace Agreement of 2006. “We should interfere in Parliament and compel the government to make laws and policies to implement the agenda,” the document reads.
Indicating an ideological transition in the party, the Maoist supremo has called
for formulating a new doctrine to suit the present context and a party organisation to implement the ideology. Though the seventh general convention declared an end to factionalism, Dahal notes that it has been crippling party organisations.
The documents have tried to addressing the idea of a new political force as advocated by senior leader Baburam Bhattarai. Dahal has proposed establishing the party as a new political force by revamping its ideology and organisation. Bhattarai supporters say the document does not address some of their core issues but Bhattarai will not present a separate paper and will float his ideas for debate.
Maoist leader Barsha Man Pun presented a separate proposal for amending the party statute. For the central committee, it calls for election of 75 members while 24 seats will be filled by nominations.
Pun proposes one chairman, vice-chairpersons as required, one general secretary, one secretary and a treasurer. Some 1,600 representatives from across the country will deliberate on the political paper from Saturday.
Published: 03-05-2014 08:29