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Prachanda hinting at people’s revolt?

Posted by hetty7 on February 26, 2012

As of late, it seems Unified Communist Party of Nepal (Maoist) Chairman Prachanda has aligned himself with UCPN(M) Vice Chairman, Baburam Bhattarai to pursue a line of compromise with the reactionary parties of Nepal. Most disturbingly, Prachanda and Bhattarai (now Prime Minister) supported an agreement to disarm the People’s Liberation Army and disband the YCL. They also pushed through BIPPA, a trade agreement that allows India greater economic power over Nepal. And they seemed to have abandoned the Party’s official line  of going forward with a People’s Revolt–an urban insurrection that would seize state power.

But in the following article from My Republica,   Prachanda makes a number of statements that seem to indicate the possibility of a People’s Revolt in the near future:

Whipping up the party cadres, Dahal claimed that a people’s revolt will be inevitable if the NC and UML conspire to formulate a new edition of the 1990 constitution.

He also issued a threat to the parliamentary parties saying his party would launch a people’s revolt if they attempted to bring a new edition of the 1990 constitution. He also claimed that the achievements of the people’s war and peace process  and constitution drafting are at risk.

We should note that these statements are qualified. So far it is unclear whether this means Prachanda does have serious intentions to support a People’s Revolt. This development, if true, is potentially positive, as Prachanda remains a popular figure and symbol of the decade-long People’s War. His camp also includes many dedicated and deeply revolutionary cadres. We will keep a close watch on these developments.

The article also suggests that a prominent leader of the left wing of the UCPN(M),  Netra Bikram Chand, aka Biplab, seems to be putting the option of People’s War back on the table. 

Of course, we caution our readers that this article appeared in the bourgeois press and may contain inaccuracies or information taken out of context. 

People, not Supreme Court, will Decide CA’s Fate – Dahal


Kathmandu, Feb. 14: Maoist Chairman Pushpa Kamal Dahal said on Monday that his party will accept people’s verdict on whether or not to extend the term of the Constituent Assembly (CA) for a fifth time. Read the rest of this entry »

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