[The people of Nepal have a long history of revolutionary struggle, in the course of which they have been repeatedly betrayed by bourgeois nationalists, revisionists, and opportunists of many stripes. Yet they continue to rise and struggle forward, through and over so many obstacles. Now, a new Maoist party has been announced, aiming to serve the revolutionary interests of the Nepalese people, beginning with openly challenging those who have failed to serve those revolutionary interests since the open reversal and destruction of the People’s Liberation Army and liberated zones in the countryside in 2006. We share with the Nepalese people the hope that this new effort will truly meet the difficult challenges ahead by rebuilding the base in the countryside and nationwide, reestablish the instruments of struggle and power, and carry through the struggle against revisionism and opportunism. The Nepalese people have contributed much to revolution throughout the world, and will, we believe, find the ways to carry that struggle to new heights. — Frontlines ed.]
Netra Bikran Chand ‘Biplav’-led breakaway faction of the CPN-Maoist Monday announced the official formation of a new party Communist Party of Nepal Maoist.
Organising a press conference in Kathmandu on Monday, December 1, 2014, the newly formed party urged the ruling coalition parties to implement in full the 12-point understanding, the interim constitution and the Comprehensive Peace Agreement.
The group, which had recently announced it had severed ties with CPN-Maoist led by Mohan Baidhya, appealed to the parties to set change its attitude of treating Maoist forces peremptorily, and try and not isolate the former insurgent-fighters from the political process and deprive the people of their rights.
The party also appealed to the ruling parties to show that they were partners rather than rivals.
Meanwhile, the Chand-led CPN Maoist accused Nepali Congress of ditching past agreements and moving forward unilaterally and of failing to protect people’s rights.
On the occasion, Chand said the new party had no intention of reverting to armed struggle but warned that what would happen in the future would be determined by entirely by the state’s behaviour.
“In the immediate context, we are not in favour of raising arms, but the people must get their rights, and inclusive participation and co-existence must be endorsed in all state organs in line with past agreements,” Chand said. “There will be no option left to us than resorting to a rebellion if that does not happen, and if we do not rebel someone else will.”
Chand went on to say that his party had been compelled to launch a struggle as the country’s property had been handed over to foreigners, people’s living standard had deteriorated, and farmers and workers could not sense change. He also alleged that efforts were underway to bring back the old parliamentary system.
CPN Maoist’s sole objective was to empower the people, Chand said, and warned parties to not take the peace process frivolously and to implement it to the fullest.
The leader of the dissident party said UCPN (Maoist) Chairman Pushpa Kamal Dahal, CPN-Maoist Chairman Mohan Baidhya, and leaders of Nepali Congress and CPN (UML) could not run away from past commitments.
CPN Maoist leaders also demanded the dissolution of the current Constituent Assembly (CA) and called for the formation of an all party national assembly.
The party said the current CA was worthless and said it could not draft a constitution in the interest of the people. The party leaders further added that it did not accept a parliamentary system.
WHO ARE IN THE NEW PARTY?
The newly-formed CPN Maoist will be holding its first national conference from January 7-10, 2015.
Chand has been appointed as the coordinator of the party while Khadga Bahadur BK is its spokesperson. The party’s Central Committee comprises former State Minister Padam Rai, Dhamendra Banstola, Ishwori Dahal, Chiran Pun, Santosh Budhamagar and Tilak Pariyar, among others.
The faction led by Chand split from CPN-Maoist to form a new party accusing Mohan Baidhya of failing to accept demands raised in the interest of the people and to make the party more revolutionary.
KATHMANDU, December 2, 2014 (RSS)