PALUNGTAR, Nov 24: Presenting his political document at the ongoing party plenum, Maoist Chairman Pushpa Kamal Dahal said Tuesday that the party should be ready for any type of struggle against India and formulate a comprehensive strategy to that end.
"Compradors, foreign stooges, domestic feudalism and Indian expansionism have become our class enemy today. We should be ready for a people´s revolt and also chart out a plan to fight possible foreign interventions," a central leader quoted Dahal as saying during the party plenum being held at Palungtar, Gorkha district.
Dahal was of the view that India will intervene militarily in Nepal when the party launches a people´s revolt to seize state power; so the party should be ready to resist Indian intervention.
Dahal and Senior Vice-chairman Mohan Baidya held the same view that "domestic feudalism" is being protected by India and that the party while launching its revolt will have to ultimately fight India, which is likely to intervene in Nepal. Baidya has also argued that the party should develop solid links with the Indian Maoists and that will help the Maoists of both countries fight against the ruling class.
Another vice-chairman, Dr Baburam Bhattarai, has however argued that "domestic feudalism" should be declared the principal enemy of the party.
While arguing that India has become the principal enemy of the party, Dahal said India is planning to finish off the Maoist party.
Dahal argued that the fall of the Maoist-led government was masterminded by India, and the country has not seen a new government now due to Indian intervention.
He also objected to the allegation that the Maoists have links with international criminal organizations. "India has been conspiring to finish off our party," he said at the plenum, which has seen participation of over 5,500 cadres.
Dahal criticized Bhattarai for his argument that the party should not sour its relations with India at this juncture. "It is wrong to argue that we should develop positive views about India. India is responsible for the current plight of the nation," a leader quoted Dahal as saying.
Dahal defends self
Defending himself against serious allegations from the two party vice-chairmen, Chairman Dahal said he alone should not be blamed for the current disarray in the party and all sorts of deviations.
"As the party chairman I am largely responsible for where the party is currently. But I alone should not be blamed for all sorts of deviations. We have a collective leadership," a Maoist leader quoted Dahal as saying during the plenum.
Presenting their separate political documents on Monday, Senior Vice-chairman Baidya and Vice-chairman Bhattarai had accused Dahal of giving protection to "corruption and illegal trade and conducting financial transactions opaquely" and giving rise to a new class of rich in the party.
But Dahal argued that he has been conducting financial transactions transparently and maintained scientific accounts. "Other comrades should also show the accounts of their income and expenditures," a party cadre quoted Dahal as saying at the closed session of the plenum.
Dahal also objected to allegations that he doesn´t have any ideological line of his own and vacillates between the "revisionist line" of Dr Bhattarai and the "ultra-left line" of Baidya.
"It is you who gave me the leadership in the past and ´deified´ me and now you say I don´t have any ideological line of my own. This is ludicrous" one leader quoted Dahal as saying.
Dahal criticized Baidya and Bhattarai for claiming that they were the patrons of the tactical lines endorsed at the Chunwang plenum and Khariparti national conclave. "They were documents passed by the leadership collectively. They don´t belong to any single individual," Dahal argued.
Dahal refuted Baidya´s allegation that he doesn´t want to implement the official line of the party and is mainly responsible for taking the party toward revisionism. "The party line is not implemented overnight; it is in the process of implementation," he said.
Dahal seems closer to Baidya, going by what Dahal has written in the document. He has been seeking Baidya´s support to attack Bhattarai. But the alliance could not materialize after influential leaders close to Baidya, including Netra Bikram Chand, went against it.
They questioned Dahal´s sincerity in implementing the ideological line, adopted at the 2008 Karipati meeting, that the “people´s federal democratic republic” should be achieved through a people´s revolt if it is not possible in a peaceful way. Given the experience of the past, including Kharipati, they were convinced that Dahal could not implement the line agreed upon between him and Baidya.
Responding to Bhattarai´s allegation that Dahal took action against him for his views on India and the palace, Dahal shot back that he had to take action against Bhattarai for "leaking information to media".
In his clarification speech, Dahal conceded that the party leadership made many mistakes after joining the peace process, and that dissolving the party´s "people´s government" and kangaroo courts were some of the mistakes. At the end of the meeting, Dahal emphasized party unity and call on other leaders to conduct a healthy two-pronged struggle.
Dispute over allowing comments on documents
Dahal sparked controversy at the plenum after he told the gathering that only one PLA participant from each division would be allowed to comment on his, Bhattarai´s and Baidya´s political documents. As per the set plan, three participants from each division were supposed to comment on the political documents.
But Bhattarai and Baidya objected to Dahal´s ruling demanding that all three PLA representatives from each combatants be allowed to express their views on the documents, according to sources.
While Dahal argued that it was not good to have three PLA men from the same division holding contesting views on the paper, Dahal and Baidya held the view that the PLA representatives should not be deprived of their rights to express their opinion and political views though discipline should be strictly enforced in the PLA.
Leaders said that they will further hold talks to sort out the differences on the issue after consensus could not be reached till late evening Tuesday. Meanwhile, plenum representatives from Darchula walked out of the meeting protesting factionalism in the party. Most of those from Darchula were Dahal supporters.
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