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Prachanda hinting at people’s revolt?

Posted by hetty7 on February 26, 2012

As of late, it seems Unified Communist Party of Nepal (Maoist) Chairman Prachanda has aligned himself with UCPN(M) Vice Chairman, Baburam Bhattarai to pursue a line of compromise with the reactionary parties of Nepal. Most disturbingly, Prachanda and Bhattarai (now Prime Minister) supported an agreement to disarm the People’s Liberation Army and disband the YCL. They also pushed through BIPPA, a trade agreement that allows India greater economic power over Nepal. And they seemed to have abandoned the Party’s official line  of going forward with a People’s Revolt–an urban insurrection that would seize state power.

But in the following article from My Republica,   Prachanda makes a number of statements that seem to indicate the possibility of a People’s Revolt in the near future:

Whipping up the party cadres, Dahal claimed that a people’s revolt will be inevitable if the NC and UML conspire to formulate a new edition of the 1990 constitution.

He also issued a threat to the parliamentary parties saying his party would launch a people’s revolt if they attempted to bring a new edition of the 1990 constitution. He also claimed that the achievements of the people’s war and peace process  and constitution drafting are at risk.

We should note that these statements are qualified. So far it is unclear whether this means Prachanda does have serious intentions to support a People’s Revolt. This development, if true, is potentially positive, as Prachanda remains a popular figure and symbol of the decade-long People’s War. His camp also includes many dedicated and deeply revolutionary cadres. We will keep a close watch on these developments.

The article also suggests that a prominent leader of the left wing of the UCPN(M),  Netra Bikram Chand, aka Biplab, seems to be putting the option of People’s War back on the table. 

Of course, we caution our readers that this article appeared in the bourgeois press and may contain inaccuracies or information taken out of context. 

People, not Supreme Court, will Decide CA’s Fate – Dahal

Republica

Kathmandu, Feb. 14: Maoist Chairman Pushpa Kamal Dahal said on Monday that his party will accept people’s verdict on whether or not to extend the term of the Constituent Assembly (CA) for a fifth time.

“The Supreme Court (SC) has given the time of six months…we do accept what verdict the people’s court delivers. Give us your decision.; you are our justices,” said Dahal while addressing a rally in Kathmandu held to mark the 17th anniversary of the Maoist’s People’s War.

The SC has already passed its verdict ruling out the possibility of another extension of the constitution drafting body beyond May 28.

In his firebrand speech, Dahal asked the party cadres, who had gathered at Tundikhel from the outskirts and surrounding districts of Kathmandu, to be ready for a people’s revolt if the regressive elements come in the way of formulating a “pro-people” constitution and concluding the PLA integration in a dignified manner.

Whipping up the party cadres, Dahal claimed that a people’s revolt will be inevitable if the NC and UML conspire to formulate a new edition of the 1990 constitution.

He also issued a threat to the parliamentary parties saying his party would launch a people’s revolt if they attempted to bring a new edition of the 1990 constitution. He also claimed that the achievements of the people’s war and peace process  and constitution drafting are at risk.

The last central committee meeting of the party  had decided to launch a people’s revolt if the parties came in the way of a dignified PLA integration and a “pro-people constituion that is anti-imperialist and anti-expansionist in essence”.

The Maoist chairman also responded to the recent suggestions by Senior Vice-chairman Mohan Baidya who has asked him to lead a proletariat revolution and not become a “statesman” as the NC and UML wants him to be. “The leader of the proletariat can also become a statesman,” he said.

Fending off accusations of revisionism, Dahal stated that the path of revolution is always straight, but full of twists and turns, and he is still on the right track.

He asked the Baidya faction leaders to learn from the lives of Lenin and Mao who made scores of compromises to lead the revolution to success.

“Lenin was also accused of being stooge of Germany for making compromises,” he stated.

Likewise, addressing the meeting, Senior Vice-chairman Baidya stated that the party unity is based on the unity of ideological thoughts.

“Why unity? It is for the revolution. It is a unity based on the similarity of political thoughts. Without the correct political line, we cannot form a party,” he said.

“If unity is just to make the party bigger in size,” Baidya argued in a sarcastic  tone adding,”it would be beneficial to forge unity  with the NC or UML”

He also bashed Prime Minister Baburam Bhattarai for being unable to work for the people, and making compromises on the party’s fundamental principles.

Meanwhile speaking at a rally in Dang Monday, Maoist leader Netro Bikram Chand  warned of another “people’s war” if the Nepali Congress (NC) and UML pushed their way too far and cornered the Maoist party.

“If they still force their way further, then another war will begin and everything will be eliminated,” said Chand, and warned of dire consequences if the parties continue to besiege the Maoists.

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One Response to “Prachanda hinting at people’s revolt?”

  1. Ka Frank said

    Republica is an extremely unreliable source of information, but a couple of things can be said about the news reported there. First, it suggests that–after leading the CPN (Maoist) to end the People’s War in 2007 and enter the bourgeois game of parliamentary politics–Prachanda is still capable of reorganizing the party, summing up its serious political errors and leading the revolutionary struggle. Second, the idea that there can be “dignified PLA integration” (into the reactionary Nepal Army) is akin to a dignified surrender. The final disarming of the several thousand PLA members left in the camps has already started with handing over the keys to the arms depots.

    In the face of these developments, there are sections of the UCPN (Maoist) and its mass organizations who are returning to the countryside and making preparations to resume the people’s war, under new conditions. One of those conditions may be the existence of a Kathmandu-based government headed by ex-Maoist leaders like Bhattarai (currently Prime Minister) and Prachanda (ex-Prime Minister). Other revolutionary forces in the party are putting forth an urban-based line of insurrection, but there is little basis to believe that this is possible in a country in which 80-90% of the people live in the countryside. The people’s wars in India and the Philippines have been able to advance due to their guerilla bases in the countryside, backed by above and underground supporters in the cities.

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