HIMALAYAN NEWS SERVICE
KATHMANDU: CPN-Maoist Chairman Mohan Baidhya today said his party is committed to building a new Nepal, and they shall do it even if that calls for making bigger sacrifices to realise the dreams of martyrs and the disappeared.
Addressing the inaugural session of the Seventh National Congress of the CPN-Maoist at Khulamancha, Baidhya said only a new agreement could resolve current political problems. “We will not put a brake on our struggle just because one faction has surrendered,” adding, “We will continue to struggle for new people’s democracy.”
In an oblique reference to Unified CPN-Maoist Chairman Pushpa Kamal Dahal and Vice-chairman Baburam Bhattarai, he said one faction of the party chose neo-revisionist line, which betrayed the people’s war. “Parliamentary forces cannot resolve current problems. We are ready to steer the country,” Baidhya said.
He made it clear that if a deal was reached only between three or four forces, his party would not accept such a deal. “We are in favour of uniting the communist and patriotic forces. We will seriously discuss about it in the party convention,” he added.
Baidhya lauded China, but criticised India. “China has always respected our national independence but the Indian establishment has viewed Nepal with ill-intention. We want to improve our ties with India and we want to sign new treaties with it,” Baidhya said.
On his part, General Secretary Ram Bahadur Thapa said, “A new Nepal was possible, but revolution was necessary to achieve that goal. We need to create a front comprising patriotic force. International unity can break the cycle of imperialism.”
According to Matrika Prasad Yadav, Coordinator of CPN (Maoist), class struggle, not consensus could emancipate marginalised communities. “I did not find any clear guideline for revolution in Baidhya’s paper,” he said. Baidhya, he added, can argue well in papers but cannot implement his commitments in practice.
Social activist Dr Sundar Mani Dixit said, “Exit of Baburam Bhattarai government could ease political tension for which leaders of the United Democratic Madhesi Front should be ready to desert the PM.
Representatives of communist parties and factions from India, Turkey, Canada and the United States also expressed solidarity with the ultra left group. The convention will end on January 13.