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Leaders of oppressed groups join Nepal’s new Maoist party

Posted by redpines on June 21, 2012

Jayapuri Gharti Magar–leader of All Nepal Women’s Association (Revolutionary)

Two thirds of the leaders of groupings under the old UCPN(M) have joined the new revolutionary Maoist party in Nepal, led by Mohan ‘Baidya’ Kiran. These groups (also called ‘sister wings’) include leaders of the Maoist women’s organization and  most of the national liberation fronts.

“The sister wings represented suppressed communities that the Baidya faction has always stood for while Pushpa Kamal Dahal had said that he had dug his own grave by forming ethnic fronts in the party. So it is natural for the chiefs of sister wings to spurn Dahal,” said Santosh Budha Magar, chief of the Magar National Liberation Front.

The article originally appeared at MyRepublica.

20-odd chiefs of sister wings join Baidya’s party

by KIRAN PUN

KATHMANDU, June 21: With only one-third of the UCPN (Maoist) central committee members joining the newly-formed CPN-Maoist led by Mohan Baidya, one would have speculated that only a few lower rung leaders would follow suit. But, this has been proven wrong.

Almost all the chiefs of around three dozen sister wings — considered the backbone of the mother party — of the UCPN (Maoist) have joined the new party. They had sided with Baidya ever since the beginning of the rift in the UCPN (Maoist). This has left only around a dozen chiefs of sister wings in the mother party.

“The sister wings represented suppressed communities that the Baidya faction has always stood for while Pushpa Kamal Dahal had said that he had dug his own grave by forming ethnic fronts in the party. So it is natural for the chiefs of sister wings to spurn Dahal,” said Santosh Budha Magar, chief of the Magar National Liberation Front.

YCL has remained inactive after the formation of the People´s Volunteers (PV) led by Netra Bikram Chand. Its chief Ganesh Man Pun has supported Dahal. Similarly, of the three regional organizations — Madhesi Liberation Front (MLF), Bheri-Karnali Liberation Front (BKLF) and Seti-Mahakali Liberation Front (SMLF) — only SMLF chief Lekhraj Bhatta remains with the mother party. BKLF chief Khadga Bahadur Bishwakarma and MLF chief Krishna Dev Singh Danuwar have joined forces with Baidya.

Similarly, chiefs of almost all the professional organizations have also joined the new party. Of them, Chitra Bahadur Shrestha, chief of All Nepal Peasant Federation (Revolutionary), Shalikram Jamakattel, chief of All Nepal Trade Union Federation, Himal Sharma, chief of All Nepal National Independent Students Union (Revolutionary), Amar Tamu, chief of Tamu National Liberation Front, Ram Charan Tharu, chief of Tharu National Liberation Front, Suryaman Dong, chief of Tamang National Liberation Front, Hitaraj Pande, chief of Sahid Pariwar Samaj, Deependra Pun, chief of Ghaite Yoddha Pariwar, Khim Lal Devkota, chief of All Nepal Intellectual Association, Gyandera Kumal, chief of Kumal National Liberation Front, Shree Jabegu, chief of Limbuwan National Liberation Front and Mukti Pradhan, National Human Rights Concern Center, have stayed with the mother party. Of them, Kumal, Jabegu, Pradhan and Devkota are close to the faction led by party Vice-chairman Baburam Bhattarai.

The chiefs of sister wings joining Baidya´s party are Jayapuri Gharti Magar of All Nepal Women´s Association (Revolutionary), Gunaraj Lohani of All Nepal Teachers Association, Tilak Pariyar of Nepal National Dalit Liberation Front, Ishwar Chandra Gyawali of United All Nepal People´s Cultural Federation, Suresh Ale Magar of Indigenous Nationalities Federation, Maheshwar Dahal of Revolutionary Journalists Association, Mangal Bishwakarma of All Nepal People´s Health Workers Association, Ekaraj Bhandari of Association of Fighters Disappeared by State, Shiva Kattel of National Industries and Commerce Federation and Jayandra Bahadur Chand of Republican Sports Federation.

Likewise, Rukma Lamichhane of Nepal National Employees´ Organization, Santosh Budha Magar of Magar National Liberation Front, Takma KC of Nepal National Professors´ Organization, Padam Rai of Kirat National Liberation Front, Bharat Chepang of Chepang National Liberation Front, Chun Bahadur Thami of Thami National Liberation Front and Bartaman Rai of Rai-Danuwar National Liberation Front have also joined the new party.

Similarly, Raman Shrestha of National Lawyers Council, Bishnu Pukar Shrestha of Campaign for Human Rights and Social Transformation Nepal, Laxman Pant of All India Nepal People´s Rights Forum, Deependra Kumar Chhantyal of Chhantyal National Liberation Front, Nagendra Dhimal of Dhimal National Liberation Front and Pawanman Shrestha of Newa National Liberation Front are the other chiefs of sister wings joining CPN-Maoist.

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5 Responses to “Leaders of oppressed groups join Nepal’s new Maoist party”

  1. Communist Party of Nepal (Maoist)? Isn’t that not also the name of the organization around Matrika Yadavwhich left the UCPN(M) in 2009?

  2. Divash Sharma said

    CPN (Maoist) is the name of Matrika-led party and this Kiran-led one is CPN – Maoist. You could find the difference in (m) and -. Yes, this is difficult to notice.

  3. jaya karki said

    20-odd chiefs of sister wings join Baidya’s party by KIRAN PUN .

    This is not a true news because this is only a propaganda by Baidya’s Party. All 25 sister organizations are loyal to UCPN Maoist Led by Comrade Prachanda.

  4. amanezca said

    from this article it seems that the new Baidya led party is actually bringing a significant amount of force along with it. I didn’t hear about similar news with regard to Yadav’s 2009 split. Has there been any statement from the Yadav party on this phenomenon, or other news on them recently?

  5. Divash Sharma said

    I had watched Matrika Yadav’s interview in a Nepalese TV channel. According to him, it is a major political development that revolutionaries came out and reorganized themselves. However, he is critical About CPN – Maoist in three areas. 1) The Kiran’s party is still not clear about its future course – is it protracted peoples’ war, popular rebellion or something different? Matrika is clearly stating that it is protracted peoples war. 2) Matrika said that though he left the UCPN (M) fully knowing that that is a revisionist party, whereas Kiran and his comrades still were hanging there for more than 40 months giving enough time to derail revolutionary process and the gains the revolution had made, particularly the destruction of PLA. He said for this Kiran and his comrades should have self-criticism but they failed to do so until now. 3) The CPN – M has not asked his party for any meaningful discussions and he said may be it happened as they are busy in giving shape to their party.
    Matrika also made it very clear that he will continue his constructive criticism of CMP – M. He also said he has faith in and respects Kiran as a communist revolutionary leader.

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