Friday, July 20, 2012

Ex-PLA men obstruct (UCPN) Maoist plenum

KATHMANDU, July 19: The ongoing UCPN (Maoist) plenum has been postponed for Thursday after former PLA and YCL cadres demanded that the financial transaction carried out by the PLA commanders be made public.

Submitting an 11-point demand to party Chairman Pushpa Kamal Dahal at the closed session of the plenum, they also demanded immediate suspension of commanders involved in irregularities for investigation saying they would obstruct the plenum if party failed to take action against them.

Former party Vice-chairman Mohan Baidya faction had also made the same demand.

Dahal postponed the meeting for Wednesday assuring party cadres that their demands would be addressed. He said the demands uphold the spirit of party purification that would help solve problems that have lately surfaced in the party.
"The party chairman postponed the meeting expressing commitment to discuss the demands in the party central committee (CC) meeting and address them on Thursday," said the press statement issued by Bishwabhakta Dulal, coordinator of the publicity subcommittee under the seventh plenum organizing committee.

"The party should furnish details of the Rs 500 -1000 collected from former combatants every month, ration and allowances apportioned for absentee PLA personnel and the money provided by NGOs and the government.

Commanders failing to furnish transparent details should be immediately suspended at the plenum hall on Thursday. The party must also form a committee to investigate into properties amassed by the commanders and take action against them," states the 11-point demand.

In total, at least Rs 3 billion from the combatants´ fund has been misused.

According to the commanders, however, they were asked to deposit 60 percent of the money from PLA fund to the party headquarters. They have also claimed that the remaining money was spent on construction, fuel and miscellaneous expenses.

Former PLA men also demanded the party to clarify why the defectors from Nepal Army and Nepal police were disqualified for integration.

Last February, commanders close to former Vice-chairman Baidya had warned of legal proceedings if the party failed to make its financial transactions transparent.

The commanders held an emergency meeting after the former PLA members and YCL cadres obstructed the plenum placing the 11-point demand.

"We discussed the demands. We will take a decision after holding a meeting with party chairman tomorrow (Thursday)," said Suk Bahadur Roka Magar, commander of the second division. Deputy commanders Barshaman Pun, Nanda Kishor Pun, Janardan Sharma and Chandra Prakash Khanal and seven division commanders and vice commanders had attended the meeting.

In his political document, Dahal has said that the party would conduct an audit of the financial transactions. The main agenda of the political document registered by Ram Karki also demands the party to make its transactions transparent. The same agenda had led to the split between the Baidya and the establishment faction.

Cadres stay away from group discussion

Party cadres did not participate in the group discussion, saying there´s no point in participating in the discussion. Not only old cadres who had participated in the people´s war, but also the new entrants stayed away from the discussion.

Party cadres from outside the capital instead spent their time shopping and visiting relatives.

“I have already known the details of the document and heard chairman´s speech. The discussion is not going to yield any result," said a state committee member from the faction led by Vice-chairman Narayankaji Shrestha.

"I´m tired of hearing same thing over and over again. I will better finish my personal work while in the capital," said a former PLA. from Republica

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