CPN-Maoist leaders ask Chand on board

- POST REPORT, Kathmandu
CPN-Maoist leaders ask Chand on board

Nov 15, 2014-

A majority of the CPN-Maoist members attending a central committee meeting on Saturday urged the party to end the internal rift by bringing the dissident faction led by Netra Bikram Chand on board. Chand supporters boycotted the meet.

The first day of the CC meeting, which is expected to devise the party’s future strategy and endorse Chairman Mohan Baidya’s political document, was largely dominated by discussions on the parallel meeting convened by Chand in Kapilvastu.

Some CC leaders wanted disciplinary action against Chand for boycotting the politburo meeting and holding a factional gathering.

“The meeting has decided to make efforts for reconciliation. Chand and friends should also acknowledge their mistake and sit together to bridge the rift through talks,” said Pampha Bhusal, CPN-M spokesperson. She demanded the dissident faction regret its action that went against the party’s directive.

The CC meeting will pave the way for an extended central committee meeting next week when an “amended” version of Baidya’s political paper is expected to be endorsed. Baidya’s paper talks about launching a “people’s revolt on the foundation of the People’s War” that the Chand faction claims to have failed to guide the party. The faction instead proposes an alternative vision of “unified rebellion” where he stresses that the party take a revolutionary approach to complete the “unfinished People’s War”.

Chand said in Butwal that he intends to wait for the outcome of the CC meeting before deciding on his new next move that includes new party formation.

Unveiling the decision of the factional gathering, Chand charged that foreign intervention was growing and there were threats of a counter-revolution. He wanted the Constituent Assembly to be replaced by a political assembly to end the political impasse. Chand supporters said they would participate in the extended CC meeting and challenge the establishment with an alternative proposal for the “people’s rebellion as a continuity of the People’s War”.

Published: 16-11-2014 09:05

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