Maoists put off plenum, opt for peace, constitution
KATHMANDU, Feb 3: The UCPN(M) has decided to indefinitely postpone the party plenum slated for mid-February, and hold a national training session for party leaders instead.
The ongoing Maoist Standing Committee has also decided to take completion of the peace process and constitution writing as the party´s current working policy.
"The party has decided to focus on completion of the peace process and constitution writing as the main working policy," said Maoist Vice-Chairman Narayankaji Shrestha.
The Maoist party had called a party plenum to resolve a dispute over the party´s main enemy after party hardliners argued at the last central committee meeting that foreign forces, mainly India, should be identified as the main enemy. But the moderates had maintained that the party´s main contradiction is internal, not external, which is also the party´s current line.
According to Shrestha, the dispute over the party´s main contradiction would be resolved later as this issue has taken a back seat in the present context.
The party has decided to move ahead in unity with its working policy, and resolve other disputes through debate and discussion.
The objective of the training session is to disseminate the decisions of the Standing Committee, said Maoist spokesperson Dinanath Sharma. "Struggle for peace and the constitution has come to the fore in the current political situation," he said, justifying the party decision to postpone the plenum.
The national training session will begin from February 17. Representatives from the state committees, the party´s various fronts and central committee members will participate in the program.
The Maoist party has also decided to launch protests from February 13 till April 6. The program is largely "publicity-oriented". The party will launch interaction programs, marches and a door-to-door campaign to mobilize the masses and defeat conspiracy against the peace process and constitution writing. The party has also taken the formation of the High-Level Political Mechanism as a positive development and decided to seek solutions through it.
The hardliners had also pushed for a "people´s federal democratic constitution" and preparations for an immediate uprising, if need be, to achieve the party´s goal, but the party decided to opt for completion of the peace process and constitution writing.
The Standing Committee has also changed the responsibilities of the party leaders. Party Chairman Pushpa Kamal Dahal will brief media about the decisions on Thursday.