Maoist parties mark ‘People’s War’ trading barbs

- TIKA R PRADHAN, Kathmandu

Feb 13, 2017-

Three Maoist parties celebrated the 22nd anniversary of their “People’s War” separately, attacking one another.

Ruling CPN (Maoist Centre) Chairman and Prime Minister Pushpa Kamal Dahal, the supreme commander of the Maoist force when it waged an insurgency, claimed that 

feudalists and imperialists always use extremists on the left and right. Dahal was referring to the CPN Maoist led by Netra Bikram Chand.

Holding Dahal responsible for all the incidents of the decade-long war against the state security forces, Chand said the government had been arresting his party cadres.

Defending the position taken by the Maoist Centre, PM Dahal said extremists always played on the sentiments of the people while they were readily used against the revolutionary communist movement by “feudalists and imperialists”.

Addressing a function at the party headquarters, Dahal claimed that his party was the first to safeguard national independence and integrity. However, all three Maoist parties have realised that they were weakened due to fragmentation. The leaders highlighted the need for unity among like-minded forces to recover power and safeguard the achievements of the conflict that claimed around 15000 lives.

The Baidya-led CPN Revolutionary Maoist celebrated the anniversary at its office in Kupandole on Sunday. In a statement, Baidya claimed that “deviation towards rightist revisionism in the core leadership led the Maoist movement to a serious obstacle”.

One of the former deputies of PM Dahal, Baburam Bhattarai has abandoned the Maoist ideology to form the Naya Shakti Nepal. On the eve of the 22nd anniversary of the rebellion, Bhattarai sought apology on social media for the pains and damages inflicted due to the conflict saying that he would take “my share of responsibility”.

According to Chand, more than 2,000 people are still missing and thousands are living miserable lives due to injuries. The living standard of the people has not improved despite the Maoists forming their governments several times.


Chand party’s gen convention kicks off

KATHMANDU: The eighth general convention of the Netra Bikram Chand-led CPN Maoist kicked off in the Capital on Sunday. The 10-day conclave will conclude with the closed door session in Rolpa, setting a roadmap for the “unified rebellion”, an ideology that the party embraced after its formation in 2015.

The convention was inaugurated by Chand in the presence of thousands of party leaders and cadres coming from across the country. Chand spent much of his address portraying his party and himself as leaders committed to common good of the country and the people, while denouncing other parties as “corrupt, anti-people and anti-national”.

He appealed to the people to support his party in its struggle for national sovereignty and integrity. Chand alleged that CPN (Maoist Centre) Chairman Pushpa Kamal Dahal had put “national interest, people’s rights and the country’s sovereignty” at stake for the sake of power. Technically, the plenum is the first after the party was formed but the leadership publicised it as its eighth general convention. (PR)

Published: 13-02-2017 08:27

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