Nepal: “Maoist”-Claimant Parties Moving Toward Unity on Political Program and Demands

[Ever since the leading Maoist party in Nepal abandoned its rural peasant base areas, dismantled its Liberation Army and People’s War in 2006, and re-oriented their forces and energies to win urban forces and alliances and reformist electoral prospects, there have been ongoing reductions in their influence, significant drops in support, and a string of organizational splits.  Now their electoral urban orientation has utterly failed, and there are attempts to rise from those bankrupt campaigns with a call to unite all who have similar urban and electoral political lines, and thereby reinvigorate without challenging the opportunism which dropped the revolutionary People’s War as a hot potato which was and is unacceptable to capitalists, regional hegemonists and imperialists.  Readers should not assume there is any substance to these parties’ current claim of the “Maoist” banner, as their every move  reflects a rejection of Maoist history and Maoist political line.  See this article for the latest news on this desperate effort. — Frontlines ed.]

Mao followers say they are close to forming alliance

Himalayan Times, 15 June 2014

KATHMANDU: Realising the strength of unity among like-minded forces, the parties having faith on Maoism and Mao ideology today agreed to join hands.

In a brief meeting of the top brass of the five parties — Unified CPN-Maoist, CPN-Maoist, CPN(Unified), CPN (Maoist) and Revolutionary Communist Party (RCP) — at the party headquarters of the CPN-M in Buddhanagar, the five parties have decided to forge a working alliance.

“Due to time constraint we could not draft the agreement today. We have decided to forge the alliance on Saturday,” said Mani Thapa of RCP.

Thapa said the five forces have agreed to create a forum among the like-minded forces to discuss ways to discuss a communist centre in Nepal, which will set the agenda for the overall communist movement in the country.

Issuing a press statement, CPN-M General Secretary Ram Bahadur Thapa said that the five parties have discussed about forming a joint mechanism to discuss the burning political issues of the country. He said the next meeting to be held on Saturday at UCPN-M’s central office in Paris Danda would take necessary decisions.

Mani Thapa said the alliance would focus on drafting a progressive constitution through the Constituent Assembly, besides pressing the government on the issues of livelihood and national independence, among others.

CPN-M Chair Mohan Baidhya, Vice-chairman CP Gajurel, General Secretary Ram Bahadur Thapa, Secretary duo Netra Bikram Chand and Dev Gurung were present during today’s meeting which was attended UCPN-M Chair Pushpa Kamal Dahal and Vice-chairmen duo Post Bahadur Bogati and Narayan Kaji Shrestha and secretary duo Barshaman Pun and Top Bahadur Rayamajhi.

Mani Thapa from Revolutionary Communist Party, Matrika Yadav from CPN (Maoist) and Pari Thapa from CPN (Unified) were also present.
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