Second-rung leaders campaign for reunion of Maoist parties

- POST REPORT, Kathmandu
Second-rung leaders campaign for reunion of Maoist parties

Mar 16, 2015-

The second-rung leaders of UCPN (Maoist), CPN-Maoist and the Netra Bikram Chand-led CPN Maoist have launched a joint campaign to reunite the three parties. The campaigners said they plan to give “fresh blood to the fading Maoist movement” and re-emerge as a dominant political force. To that end, they have unveiled a six-point commitment paper which recognises all parties that participated in “the People’s War” as revolutionaries. It also acknowledges the moral degeneration of Maoist forces in the country and plans to formulate new political document and guiding principle.

The campaign dubbed ‘Maobadi Andolan Punargathan Abhiyan’ started a day after UCPN (Maoist) Chairman Pushpa Kamal Dahal UCPN (Maoist) and CPN-Maoist Chairman Mohan Baidya made formal announcement to work towards party reunification on Sunday.

The cross-party leaders have agreed to form a central coordination committee which will hold meetings in every district, state-committees and major cities across the country.

“The primary objective of this campaign is to create conducive environment for unity among the parties. We will continue the campaign till the restructured general assembly,” said Dharmendra Bastola of newly CPN Maoist.

The campaign is also incorporating Matrika Yadav led-CPN (Maoist) and Mani Thapa-led CPN-Revolutionary.

Janardan Sharma of UCPN (Maoist) said their initiative is for the benefit of the Maoist parties as well as the country. Once reunited, he said, the Maoists can re-emerge as the leading force. Pampha Bushal of CPN-Maoist said the campaign was launched to strengthen the Maoist movement. “We will be strong only if we are united. It is a good thing that everyone is realising this fact,” Bhusal said.  

The second-rung leaders have been working at an informal level to reunite all Maoist forces since Chand split from CPN-Maoist in November, 2041. These leaders had played a crucial role in persuading UCPN (Maoist) and CPN-Maoist leaders to initiate formal talks for reunification.

Chand, whose party is planning to launch another armed rebellion, is weighing other alternatives like joining a broader alliance in the recent times.

Leaders of fringe Maoist parties like Thapa and Yadav are least optimistic about the outcome of the campaign.

They said that these campaigns could succeed only if top leaders of the parties show true commitment.

“Such initiatives had taken place in the past as well. It’s still too early to say that it will succeed,” said Thapa. He, however, admitted that the Maoists movement has come under threat.

Published: 17-03-2015 09:14

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