Nepal Maoists Adopt Wait-and-Watch Policy for a Week
Posted by Ka Frank on January 28, 2010
This article was published in the Himalayan on January 25, 2010.
UCPN-M adopts a week’s wait-and-watch policy
KATHMANDU: A politburo member of the Unified Communist Party of Nepal-Maoist today said his party has not devised any plan for the next few days as it has decided to wait and watch for a week. “It is unlikely that the party will have to go for the fifth phase of agitation,” Narayan Prasad Sharma said.
He added that the party would move ahead with its campaign for national independence as an extension to the fourth phase of their movement. “We have not devised any plan for the next few days as we have decided to wait and watch for a week, of which three days have already passed; the fourth phase of our movement that began on December 25 has not formally concluded,” he said.
Following the formation of the High-Level Political Mechanism, Unified CPN-Maoist chairman Pushpa Kamal Dahal ‘Prachanda’ has been expressing hope that his party’s demands would be met. Prachanda holds high hopes that the high-level mechanism would resolve the protracted political impasse for he believes that there are promises in it to deal with the issue of the President’s move to reinstate former Chief of Army Staff Rookmangud Katawal.
In a bid to create awareness among the general public, the party has, however, been publishing booklets on Indo-Nepal treaties and agreements and pamphlets. Meanwhile, a meeting of the party, expected to be attended by various state committee leaders to formulate the party’s plans and policies, has been scheduled for February 16 in the capital. “Things will be more clear in a day or a two,” standing committee member of the UCPN-Maoist, Giriraj Mani Pokhrel, said today. He said he has no information on the upcoming programme, but added that the movement will definitely continue.