Tuesday, July 9, 2013
CPN-Maoist forms 5-man talks team under Baidya
KATHMANDU, July 8: Responding to appeals by the government and the High-Level Political Committee (HLPC) for talks, the CPN-Maoist has formed a five-member talks committee led by Chairman Mohan Baidya in what is seen as a show of flexibility.
Making public the decision of its central committee (CC) meeting in Pokhara, the CPN-Maoist also said it rejected the HLPC´s pre-condition for talks. The pre-condition is that the issue of election date and dismissal of the Khila Raj Regmi-led government should not be discussed.
The Baidya Maoist also urged that all the agitating forces should be called to the talks table.
Earlier, they had been saying that they would sit for talks only with the president, arguing the government and the HLPC had no constitutional authority as they were unconstitutional.
CPN-Maoist Vice-chairman CP Gajurel, General Secretary Ram Bahadur Thapa and Secretaries duo Dev Gurung and Netra Bikram Chand are in the high-level talks team.
"We decided on talks with all forces as we are being flexible but we don´t accept the pre-conditions of the HLPC and the government," said Chairman Baidya at a press meet held at Rastriya Sabha Griha. Interestingly, he argued that they had no pre-conditions but they would be ready to sit at the talks table only if government and HLPC were ready for scrap the 11-point political deal and 25-point ordinance on removing constitution difficulties.
The CC meeting in Pokahra had concluded that they should boycott the election with the full force of the party, while appealing to nationalists and leftist forces to keep open the door for talks.
"The decision of the CC is historic. It is our answer to the reactionaries and revisionists and to foreign forces who want to finish off the nationalists, forcing them into war, and turn Nepal into a neo-colony," argued General Secretary Thapa, "We came here with a straight answer, with a movement for national sovereignty." He also claimed that his party´s boycott decision was the solution, and that the ´puppet government´ could not hold elections.
Boycott is democratic rightChairman Baidya said that his party would boycott the election, arguing that it had been announced just to fulfill the interests of foreign forces that wanted to make Nepal a new Sikkim, bypassing the nationalists including his own party.
He added that the big four parties violated the rights of the majority of parties [24 parties that were in the then CA] in announcing the election without consulting them.
"We decided to boycott the election to establish the people´s right while the four parties violated the democratic rights of the people and the majority of parties," added Baidya when asked why the Maoists were violating the right to vote.
"Where is the political and democratic right of the 24 parties? Why do you not raise the question of dictation by the four parties? Who snatched the rights of the 24 parties? Those who violated the rights of other parties have no right to hold the election."
Nature of boycottAt the press meet, Chairman Baidya said that his party would boycott the election with full force. His party would go to the people with its political campaign. The nature of the boycott would depend on the state.
"If the state interfere, we will retaliate," he added.
HLPC´s round table just an illusionExpressing disagreement with the HLPC´s proposal for holding a roundtable for the formation of a political mechanism, the Baidya Maoists termed it as just an illusion.
They argued that the roundtable assembly should yield a solution, forming a consensus government and discussing the content of the new constitution.
"We want the roundtable assembly to form a joint national government through political consensus and discuss what should be the face of the new constitution, whether or not it would be for the dalits, for women and marginalized groups," added Baidya.
Citizenship distribution for foreignersThe Maoist also demanded the scrapping of the citizenship distribution process under the method used for the last CA election. They argued that it was a conspiracy to provide citizenship to foreigners and make the original Nepali people a minority.
"The distribution is against national sovereignty," added Baidya arguing that his party was for citizenship distribution to real Nepali people in Madhes who had been deprived of it.
Maoists urged India to halt Operation Green Hunt
The Baidya Maoists also urged Indian government to immediately withdraw its paramilitary operation against the Indian Maoists in Chhattisgarh, arguing that their Operation Green Hunt was against the people. Interestingly, Chairman of UCPN (Maoist) Pushpa Kamal Dahal recently wrote to Sonia Gandhi, chairperson of India´s ruling United Progressive Alliance, condemning attack on the Naxalites.