Crossroads: Nepalese Maoists Extended CC meeting Begins Today
Posted by Mike E on November 21, 2010
Source: Nepal News. Thanks to Democracy and Class Struggle.
The sixth extended Central Committee (CC) meeting of the Unified CPN (Maoist), viewed with much importance within and outside the party, is beginning Sunday afternoon in Palungtar of Gorkha district.
Some 6,000 delegates from across the country have arrived in Palungtar for the important extended CC meet. The delegates include over 1,000 People’s Liberation Army (PLA) members staying in various cantonments.
Maoist leadership decided to include the PLA members in such large numbers despite objection from other parties, Nepal Army and the United Nations Mission in Nepal (UNMIN) – monitoring the peace process in Nepal.
Central leaders including chairman Prachanda vice chairmen Mohan Baidhya, Baburam Bhattarai and Narayan Kaji Shrestha, among others reached the plenum venue Saturday evening.
The extended CC meet will begin after a Central Committee meeting approves the agenda set by the standing committee this morning.
Three separate political dossiers prepared by chairman Prachanda and vice chairmen Baidhya and Bhattarai will be presented at the plenum. This is the first time three separate dossiers are being presented at a Maoist plenum.
The extended CC meet is viewed with importance as it is taking place at a time when the party is going through grave internal differences and the nation’s peace process is going through a critical juncture.
Extended CC is the highest body in UCPN (Maoist) as it does not hold a general convention. This is the sixth extended CC meeting of the party and the second after the beginning of the peace process in 2006.
The fifth extended CC meet had taken place in Balaju, Kathmandu three years ago. There were fewer participants in the previous meet.
Logistics and Security
Tamuwan State Committee of the UCPN (Maoist) has taken charge of arranging the logistics for the plenum.
It has constructed over 500 huts from local materials equipped with water and electricity to house the delegates. Half the delegates will be housed at the huts, while the other half will be accommodated at the houses of local people.
Food will be served through 44 different places. A private catering company has been contracted to feed the delegates and the volunteers. The party is paying about Rs 10 million to the catering for the service.
A Hall with capacity to accommodate about 6,000 people has also been constructed.
A health centre with 50 health personnel including eight doctors has been established to take care of the health of the delegates.
About 1,500 volunteers including cadres of Young Communist League and the student wing of the Maoists have been deployed.
YCL has taken charge of the security of the meeting Hall, while Nepal Police and Armed Police Force will guard the plenum venue from outside the meeting hall and the accommodation huts.