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Chand in donation drive
- CPN Maoist seeks contributions for gen convention
Dec 22, 2014-
The Netra Bikram Chand-led CPN Maoist has commenced a nationwide campaign to collect funds to ‘finance’ the ongoing activities of the newborn party. The party, which was announced a month ago with the backing of nearly one third central committee members of the CPN-Maoist, is scheduled to hold its first general convention on January 7 -10 in the Capital.
CPN Maoist sources said the party has formed a “special squad to collect donations” as directed by the central steering committee coordinated by Chand.
The Post has learnt that party cadres are extracting from Rs 5,000 to Rs 2 million in donation from individuals, and small and medium-sized enterprises. The party is said to have given specific instruction to such squads to focus on private industries, foreign employment recruiting agencies, education consultancies, schools and hospitals in the Capital. They have also approached state-owned institutions.
Such squads have been visiting business houses in person, sending text messages, letters and also making threatening phone calls for contributions. The CPN Maoist leadership admitted to the Post that they have been collecting donations for the upcoming general convention and to run party programmes.
“The Central Coordination Committee has officially decided to collect donations to fund ongoing activities,” party senior leader Khadga Bahadur Bishwokarma told the Post. The general convention is expected to give final shape to the party organisation and ideology.
While CPN Maoist leaders stress that they have been seeking only “monetary assistance” from the business community, those at the receiving end claim that the ongoing donation campaign is tantamount to “extortion”.
“How can it be donation while we are repeatedly threatened to pay what they demand? You can’t be pressed to give Rs 2 million in donation,” said a businessman from Kathmandu seeking anonymity.
Police said it is a crime to take donations from individuals or institutions even for political purposes. SSP Hemanta Pal of the Metropolitan Police Commissioner’s Office said they cannot take action unless they receive written complaints from victims.
Published: 23-12-2014 09:14