Nepal: CPN (Maoist) to add paramilitary force to post-PW “revolt” plan?

CPN-Maoist leaders seek paramilitary force formation

CPN-Maoist leaders gathered for the ongoing Central Committee (CC) meeting in Pokhara have stressed the need for forming a paramilitary force comprising the former People’s Liberation Army fighters, youths, workers and students.

Commenting on the party leadership’s proposal to start a fresh people’s revolt, around 110 leaders have suggested the party leadership that the revolt cannot be accomplished without such a force.

The leaders on Monday emphasised launching an urban-centric ‘people’s revolt’. The speakers, who constitute both the Politburo and the CC members, suggested the party leadership that ‘classical revolution’ used during the Maoist insurgency could not work now. “Most of the speakers asked the party to focus on a new form of revolution terming the classical Russian model and the Chinese model as outdated,” said a CC member who attended the meeting.

Many other leaders suggested that the party leadership unify with other nationalist forces to strengthen the party’s anti-election rhetoric. They urged the party to make alliance with forces including civil society and professional associations who are against the “increasing Indian influence”. Many leaders have expected that the party could also use these forces as an indispensable part of the revolt.

Politburo members Pampha Bhusal, Hitman Shakya and Haribhakta Kandel were among the 60 leaders who addressed the third day of the four-day-long closely guarded session. Each of the CC members was given around seven minutes to present their remarks.

The indoor session was primarily focused on commenting on five documents prepared by Chairman Mohan Baidya, General Secretary Ram Bahadur Thapa, Secretaries Netra Bikram Chand and Dev Prasad Gurung and Vice-chairman CP Gajurel. Each document, however, focuses on different aspects of the revolt.

Baidya’s document is political while Thapa’s paper deals with party organisation and association. Similarly, Chand’s document concerns the youths and their mobilisation, Gurung dwells on the party’s anti-election campaign while the Gajurel draft speaks of the party’s foreign policy.

Around 15 more CC members are expected to speak by the lunch hour on Tuesday. The party leadership is expected to answer queries at the end of the discussion. Leaders speculated that the CC meeting, which was expected to end on Tuesday, is likely to take one more day.

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