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Nepal: Prachanda to Give Peace a Chance to Work

Posted by Ka Frank on February 7, 2010

This appeared in Hindustan Times on February 5, 2010

Nepal Maoists to give peace a chance

Five days after threatening to launch a people’s revolt, Nepal Maoist chief Pushpa Kamal Dahal ‘Prachanda’ took a step back on Thursday by announcing his party’s decision to give peace another chance. The Unified Communist Party of Nepal (Maoist) standing committee’s decision came after a marathon eight-day meeting, which saw hardliners in favour of an immediate revolt getting sidelined by those backing peace.

Prachanda, however, made it clear that the party could launch a people’s revolt if the ongoing peace and constitution drafting processes fall prey to “conspiracy”. “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.”

The party agreed on continuing with its agenda for restoration of civilian supremacy, national independence and formation of a ‘national government’ during its next campaign from February 13 to April 6. However unlike the previous four phases of agitations that witnessed shutting down of offices, blocking of roads and general strikes, the next campaign would be peaceful and focus on publicity.

The UCPN (M) has pinned hopes on the High Level Political Mechanism to break the political deadlock and take the peace process ahead through consensus and draft the constitution. Since stepping down from power in May last year over the President’s refusal to approve sacking of the army chief, Nepal’s largest party in parliament is agitating seeking civilian supremacy.

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Nepal: 3 Small Maoist Parties Join for Anti-India Campaign

Posted by Ka Frank on February 7, 2010

This article appeared in DNA on February 5, 2010.

Nepal’s 3 Maoist parties join for anti-India campaign

Kathmandu: Three Maoist parties in Nepal have come together for an anti-India protest, seeking the abrogation of all “unequal treaties” with New Delhi and withdrawal of Indian troops from disputed territories between the two neighbours.

A joint front of three ultra left parties – CPN-Maoist, Revolutionary Communist Party Nepal and Nepal Communist Party Unified has announced two-month long protests from February 8 to demand the abrogation of the landmark 1950 Indo-Nepal Friendship Treaty and return of alleged encroached territory by India.

The CPN-Maoist led by Matrika Yadav, Revolutionary Communist Party Nepal led by Mani Thapa and Nepal Communist Party Unified led by Rishi Kattel are splinter groups of the main Opposition Unified Communist Party of Nepal-Maoist headed by former prime minister Prachanda.

At a press conference in the capital yesterday, the Maoists announded their plan to hold protest in front of the Indian Embassy on March 12, apart from a nationwide general strike on April 24 and handing over a memorandum to prime minister Madhav Kumar Nepal on February 8. Their eight-point demands include annulment of all unequal treaties between Nepal and India, including 1950 treaty and withdrawal of Indian Army from the disputed Kalapani region, the tri-junction between Nepal, India and China. They have also sought the return of alleged encroached land by India in Susta and ethnic and regional autonomy with right to self-determination. Read the rest of this entry »

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Kiran: High Level Political Mechanism Has Power to Change Government

Posted by Ka Frank on February 7, 2010

This article appeared on eKantipur on February 5, 2010.

HLPM has got power to change govt: Maoist leader Baidya

KATHMANDU: UCPN (Maoist) Vice Chairman Mohan Baidya ‘Kiran’ Friday opined that the High-Level Political Mechanism (HLPM) has got the ability to change the government. He said the mechanism comprising of the top leaders from the major three parties has got the ability to logically conclude the ongoing peace and constitution drafting process and added that it has also got the guts to change the government.

Baidya’s statement comes at a time when some leaders from the incumbent coalition have questioned HLPM and its activities saying that the mechanism was concentrating more on changing the government rather than defusing the political deadlock. Speaking at a programme in the capital today, the senior Maoist leader said the government is not in the state to resolve the prevailing problems and the political deadlock.

He added that his party is hopeful about ending the political stalemate with the help from HLPM. “HLPM was formed to find a way out of the political deadlock,” said Baidya, “ It also holds the power to change the government.”

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