Nepal Maoists: Revolt If Writing Constitution, Peace Process Blocked
Posted by Ka Frank on February 6, 2010
This article appeared in My Republica on February 4, 2010
Revolt if conspiracies against constitution
KATHMANDU: Maoists have decided to launch a people´s revolt only if the constitution writing and peace process fall prey to conspiracy. The Maoist party reached a decision to this effect during the eight-day long standing committee meeting that ended Wednesday. “There is no dispute in the party that the people hold the right to revolt if conspiracy against the promulgation of a people´s constitution prevailed,” said Maoist Chairman Pushpa Kamal Dahal, while briefing the media on the standing committee´s decisions.
The meeting decided to continue pushing for national independence, civilian supremacy, peace, new constitution and national unity government as the party´s working policy.
Dahal said that there are no intra-party differences over the party´s strategic move, and the media reports that hardliners want preparation for an immediate revolt and moderates are for peace and constitution are totally false and part of the planned conspiracy against the Maoist party. “We have given continuity to the same old working policy and the party is unanimous on this,” he said.Dahal argued that the deadline for the promulgation of the new constitution could be extended if the political parties reach an agreement to this effect. “It is not that the sky will fall or the earth will collapse if the new constitution could not be promulgated on May 28. We can look for options,” he said.
The Maoist chairman pinned hopes on the newly set up high level political mechanism to end the political deadlock and move ahead with consensus on completion of the peace process and constitution writing.
He said the mechanism should address the Maoist demand concerning civilian supremacy, and a Maoist-led government could be formed to drive the peace process to its logical conclusion. He also refuted the reports that he has proposed the Nepali Congress President Girija Prasad Koirala for primiership. He argued that the party postponed the scheduled plenum for lack of internal preparedness. The plenum, scheduled for mid-February, was to decide on intra-party disputes over the main contradiction.
While the current main contradiction has been set as internal, some party leaders in the last central committee meeting argued that foreign forces, mainly India, should be identified as the party´s main enemy in the changed political context.
Maoists have also decided to push for the constitution writing and integration and rehabilitation of the Maoist combatants side by side. The party has condemned the views that the new constitution should be promulgated only after the integration and rehabilitation of the Maoist combatants.
“The party has decided to draw the attention of all toward the fact that it would be more appropriate to proceed with the integration process only after the security and state restructuring polices are made clear in the new constitution,” said Maoist General Secretary Ram Bahadur Thapa.
The party has also decided to launch nationwide mass mobilization campaigns from February 13 till April 6 to defeat “conspiracy against peace process and constitution writing”. The party will hold interactions, rallies and door-to-door campaigns to press for the promulgation of a pro-people constitution.