Saturday, January 12, 2013

Dahal calls for 'parallel govt' revival

Big construction and production related work to be carried out to improve party-people relations
KATHMANDU, Jan 13: UCPN (Maoist) Chairman Pushpa Kamal Dahal in his political document to be presented at the upcoming general convention has proposed reviving parallel government at the local level.

Dahal has made the proposal while his party rules the country with party vice-chairman Baburam Bhattarai as prime minister. Interestingly, Prime Minister Bhattarai was the head of the self-styled Maoist government during the insurgency.

The government that will comprise members of former the then People´s Liberation Army (PLA), Young Communist League (YCL) and sister wings and other fronts will be mobilized to raise awareness and uplift living standard of people through development and construction works. "Government will be formed at the local level under the leadership of the party in a new way," reads Dahal´s political document.

The 65-page document entitled "New Synthesis of Nepali Revolution: A Historic Need" will be presented at the party´s general convention, which is scheduled to start on February 2 in Hetauda, Makawanpur. A meeting of the UCPN (Maoist) General Convention Organizing Committee held on Saturday endorsed the political document along with the party´s statute presented by Sonam Saathi and General Convention Work Procedures presented by Secretary Post Bahadur Bogati.

The then CPN (Maoist) had run the parallel government during the decade-long insurgency that came to an end in 2006. The Maoist-run people´s government and people´s courts at the local and district level were dissolved after immense pressure from the opposition parties mainly the Nepali Congress and CPN-UML.

Incumbent Prime Minister Baburam Bhattarai was the head of central level parallel government named Joint Revolutionary People´s Council. Similarly, it had run district people´s government at the district level and village people´s government at the village level. The Maoists had also run judicial and administrative activities in the Maoist base areas including in Rolpa, Rukum, and Jajarkot.

It may be recalled that the opposition parties had strongly protested in parliament to the decision of the Bhattarai-led government to give legitimacy to the land deals formalized by the former "parallel government", forcing the government to eventually withdraw it.

In a sub-topic entitled "Problems and Solution of Party Organization" in his political document, Chairman Dahal has proposed to enhance the relation of the party with people and also announced to organize development and production related programs to provide protection to the whole-time cadres, who are left in a lurch after the party joined mainstream politics.

Dahal also argued in his proposal that it will be easier to carry out development activities through "parallel government" while the party is in government. He has maintained that big development activities and production carried out with the ´state resources´ will not only benefit the party´s cadres, but also help enhance party´s relations with the people.

"The management and mobilization of party cadres can be easy if we can give due consideration to the use of state resources in large construction and production related works that will have direct impact on the lives of ordinary people when the party is in the government," reads the document.

While admitting that the party has not been able to give any party responsibility to the former PLA, Dahal has also proposed to give them the roles of "an army with special responsibility." The former PLA will intervene in state powers and make revolt possible by raising awareness of people.

"It is very necessary to define the role of PLA in different but in a new form. There will be important role of PLA to intervene in the state power and to make revolt possible," reads the document. The document has also proposed to develop revolutionary political line.
from Republica

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