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UCPN(M) condemns the murder of Kishenji

Posted by redpines on December 3, 2011

Map of 'Greater Nepal', and some of the lands the CPI(Maoist) says it will return to Nepal, should gain state power.

The following statement appeared at Democracy and Class Struggle. It should be noted that the statement is only signed by the leaders from the revolutionary faction of the UCPN(M), and not by Bhattarai or Prachanda.

Unified Communist Party of Nepal (Central Committee) Condemns the Murder of Comrade Rao

Unified Communist Party (Maoist)

Central Committee

Condemn the Murder of Comrade Rao

The killing of Comrade Mallojula Koteshwaor Rao ‘Kisanji’, politburo member and top leader of CPI(Maoist), on 24 November, by Indian armed forces in Burisol forest area of west Midnapur district in west Bengal, has shocked and saddened us. According to the latest information, that he was captured on November 23 and was murdered cowardly after his refusal to surrender. That’s why, we condemn this fake encounter and demand to the Central and West Bengal State government to form an independent commission to investigate the killing of comrade Kisanlji and to take the action against those criminals, who were involved in the killing.

Comrade Rao was one of the main top leaders of CPI( Maoist). He began to provide his political contributions in the Communist Movement, as a student member of ‘Radical Student Union’, from his birth place Andhra. Thereafter, he led the party in Andhra, Bihar, Maharastra, and West Bengal. He did great effort and provided a great contribution to develop the guerrilla warfare in West Bengal. He was a true leader of international proletariat.

On the killing of a top leader like him had dealt a blow to the entire communist movement of India. In this moment of deep sorrow, we express our solidarity with the Comrades of CPI (Maoists) and share our hearty condolence to the comrade Kisanji’s relatives.

December 1,2011

Mohan Baidhya ‘Kiran’

(Vice Chairman)

Ram Bahadur Thapa (Badal)

(General Secretary)

6 Responses to “UCPN(M) condemns the murder of Kishenji”

  1. Kumar Sarkar said

    The statement is written and issued on behalf of the Central Committee by Comrade Kiran, who is a Vice Chairman and Comrade Badal, who is the General Secretary of the UCPN (Maoist). I am sure they have the authority to issue such an urgent and important statement on behalf of the CC.

  2. Kumaraaditya said

    I appreciate comrade Kumar Sarkaar’s spirit. Yes, it was published in the Party’s official letter pad, But it is not the official statement. It is the statement by Baidhya faction. It was published in Nepali language and later on it was translated in English. The initial tone of this statement is very mild. It seems that members of the human rights organisation are demanding the judicial commission.

  3. Kumar Sarkar said

    I still don’t understand the UCPN (Maoist)organisational structure. What is the authority of a General Secretary then? In most communist organisations, the General Secretary has the authority and duty to act between two CC or Poliburo meetings, particularly in emergency as was Kishenji’s murder. In most communist parties, the Politburo is able to meet anytime. For the UCPN (Maoist), is General Secretary just an ornament? And is the official letter head pad just a scrap of paper?

  4. siva said

    The General Secretary is effectively the leading comrade in most Communist parties. But there have been important exceptions, as for example the Communist Party of China, where the Chairman is the main leader.
    The General Secretary’s position is, however, important. He has the right and duty to issue statements on behalf of the Poliburo and the Central Committee. His right to make decisions on behalf of the party in an emergency, subject to approval by the Politburo or the CC, could thus vary with party.

    The question before us is whether the Chairman and the other Vic-Chairman will (a) dissociate themselves from the statement and, in which event, (b) propose disciplinary action on Comrades Kiran & Badal for “unauthorised use of Party stationery”..

    I would not call the statement ‘mild’ in any way. It is well measured and adequate in the context.

  5. Kumar Sarkar said

    The success of the Nepalese revolution until 4 years ago was, and still is, a tremendous inspiration to the people of South Asia specifically, and a rudimentary new communist movement worldwide generally. Under these circumstances, many of us from abroad are duty-bound to help the comrades in Nepal in any way we could. From this viewpoint, I am questioning the party structure of the UCPN (Maoist).

    As per my understanding, a two line struggle presupposes that the Party is still, on the whole, a proletarian Party, but with two trends contending, one of which is a bourgeois trend. The two trends are a reflection of class ideologies within the Party, but not necessarily of the two organised classes within the Party. Once it is evident that the followers of the two trends are consistent representatives of two classes, there is no longer any scope for the two line struggle to continue, the Party must split.

    I do not consider that the UCPN (Maoist) is already a ‘reformist bourgeois party’. Hence, alongside the ideological struggle, there should be the struggle to change the organisational mechanism of the Party, which at present does not appear to be conducive with a disciplined proletarian organisation. There has to be a code of discipline accepted and practised by all factions. In a communist party, there is no place for factions or individuals not accountable to any organ of the Party.

  6. siva said

    I agree with Kumar very much.
    A split will become inevitable only if the two key culprits and their closse allies are not severely isolated.
    Until the decisive moment, the struggle should be to build the strength of the revolutionary sections.

    In either event, forcing issues by taking up causes of the people like land importantly and taking steps like resurrecting the PLA are necessary to win over the majority.

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