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Nepal: ‘Plain Living’ codes for Maoist Politicians

Posted by n3wday on December 2, 2008

74485815_12f37e6035_bAs Maoists entered the capital Kathmandu and took up leading posts in society, there were criticisms from the ranks of their party that some cadre seemed to be adopting the lifestyle and culture of urbanize politicos (who are hated for their corruption and isolation from the people). Mao described the communist style as “plain living, hard struggle.” This article was published by Nepal News.

Maoists introducing ‘codes for simple living’ for their CA members

The Maoists are introducing code of ethics detailing ‘simple lifestyle’ for its Constituent Assembly (CA) members, reports Kantipur daily.

The daily reports that the codes include restriction on spending in mobile phones, vehicles and clothes.

Henceforth, the Maoist CA members would not be permitted to buy mobile sets worth over Rs 10,000. While central committee members will be allowed to keep three sets, the CA members will have to keep not more than two sets.

The code of ethics prepared by senior leader Post Bahadur Bogati also restricts Maoist CA members from buying foreign clothes. They will have to make do with domestic produce as far as possible.

Regarding the vehicle-type, the code says that they could buy relatively cheaper battery-run Chinese bikes.

The CA members will have to stay in groups and will have to use public transport. They are not allowed to take part in programmes held in star-hotels and not accept expensive gifts, among others.

The codes are being prepared amid criticisms that Maoist leaders were starting to lead opulent lifestyles opposed to their proletarian philosophy. Nov 30 08

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