Inclusive representation eludes UCPN (Maoist) major committees

- KAMAL DEV BHATTARAI, Kathmandu

May 27, 2014-

The UCPN (Maoist) has noticeably failed to ensure inclusive representation in its major bodies picked after a series of elections that were held for the last three days.

The Maoist party had held the elections for the first time in its history to restructure the party organisation—a laudable effort on implementing participatory democracy— but the end results have raised a serious question on the party’s long-held commitment towards inclusive agenda. And many of the party leaders agree that  Office Bearers, Standing Committee, Politburo and the Central Committee are deviod of inclusive spirit.

  The UCPN (Maoist) top leaders advocate for inclusive and participatory constitution before other party leaders and out in the public, but they could not translate the spirit within the party, a leader said requesting anonymity. “The leaders were selected on the basis of their closeness with the  top leaders, so the party failed to implement inclusive policy in the party organs.”

Representations of women, Dalits, Madhesis and Muslims are missing in both the 16-member Standing Committee as well as the nine-member Office Bearers. In the Standing Committee, only five leaders represent the Janajati community, while the remaining 11 seats are occupied by Brahmins and Chhetris.

The 51-member Politburo has only seven women and five leaders represent the Madhesi community. Representation of marginalised communities is even dismal. There are only two dozen women leaders in the 151-member Central Committee. Some party leaders say as the Interim Constitution has envisaged a 33 percent representation of women in the state mechanisms, the party should have also followed the policy, but the top leaders were not up for it.  

  The number of Madhesi leaders in 151-member Central Committee is just 18 which, according to leaders, is disappointing as half the country’s populations reside in Madhes.  

“Despite our pressure, the party failed to make its organisational bodies more inclusive which is against the party’s policy and public commitment,” said leader Ram Rijan Yadav, who is struggling to increase the number of Madhesi leaders in the party’s decision making bodies.

Spokesperson Dina Nath Sharma confessed that the party committed a mistake by not making the organisational inclusive.  “We should have formulated a policy of reservation for the Women, Madhesis, Dalits and other marginalised groups before the election,” Sharma said. “This is the fault of open competition that the party adopted, and we will review such policy in the future.”

Published: 28-05-2014 08:45

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