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Hetauda all set for UCPN-M's pomp and show

  Ruling party gears up for major shift in political line during convention being held after 21 years


Workers preparing the stage for the inauguration of Unified CPN-Maoist’s seventh national convention at Huprachaur in Hetauda of Makawanpur on Friday.


HETAUDA: The Unified CPN-Maoist is all set for its seventh national convention in Hetauda starting tomorrow with as many as 3,500 delegates from all across the country participating in what is believed to be party’s biggest show of strength in a little more than last two decades.

“All preparations have been completed,” said party Spokesman Agni Sapkota here on the eve of the inauguration of the convention, which is being held on the premises of Hetauda Industrial District.

The national convention — organised for the fist time in more than 20 years during which the party waged a 10-year war against the state and then shot to power following a peace agreement — is likely to endorse a major shift in party’s political line. The last time the party held its national convention was in 1992 in Madi of Chitwan.

“This convention will come up with a magical formula that will help form an election government and ensure fresh Constituent Assembly elections within May,” said Sapkota but stopped short of even dropping a hint as to what that formula is. “As many as 3,500 representatives, observers and volunteers will take part in the convention for which the party has estimated a budget of about Rs 2-3 crores,” he said.

The industrial town has been bedecked with red banners and party flags, while the local administration has beefed up security and deployed more than 1,200 security personnel for the six-day jamboree of the ruling party.

The District Administration Office has issued a public notice banning sale of liquor after 6:00pm for six days from tomorrow and barring long-distance vehicles from entering the main city from 8:00am-6:00pm.

Ram Prasad Sapkota, a member of security department of the party, said thousands of Young Communist League activists will be deployed at ‘strategically important points’ for the security of participants.

Spokesperson Sapkota said more than 65 per cent of the representatives have already reached Hetauda. Top leaders, including party Chairman Pushpa Kamal Dahal and Prime Minister Baburam Bhattarai, arrived this evening.

The organisers said as many as 300,000 people are expected to arrive for the inaugural ceremony at Huprachaur tomorrow.

Closed sessions will begin from Sunday morning on the premises of the Hetauda Industrial District.

Some facts in numbers

• 21: Years after the UCPN-M is holding its national convention

• 3,500: Number of participants from across the country

• 2-3: Rupees in crores the party is spending for the convention

• 1,200: Number of police personnel deployed for security

• 300,000: People the party is expecting during the inauguration

• Thousands: Number of YCL

activists for leaders’ security

‘Focus on evolution of revolution’

HETAUDA: Unified CPN-Maoist Spokesman Agni Sapkota said on Friday that the party, through its national convention, will endorse ‘a unique shift in party’s political line’. “We will focus on freedom and development so as to give an impetus to revolution in a unique way. We are on the verge of adopting a major strategic shift,” said Sapkota. “We believe that revolution is not about copying (any style), it is about evolution.” When asked if the UCPN-M was deviating from party’s original line that it has towed for more than last two decades, Sapkota quipped, “That is the uniqueness of the party. We want to make the shift peacefully.”

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