Two interesting articles on Nepal

The following are two articles that I found interesting from ekantipur.com regarding some of the developments in the revolutionary movement in Nepal. The first is about the possible re-election of Lekh Nath Neupane as president of the ANNISU-R, who is apparently a member of the Kiran faction, in contrast to the other three candidates who are apparently members of the Prachanda faction within the UCPN(Maoist).

The second article is about the call for a reorganization of the state committees and the bureaus, however, it seems to me that there needs to be a proper Party congress in which there can actually be elections for the top leadership and elections for all positions within the leadership. It has nearly been a decade since the UCPN(Maoist) has held a Party congress and has attempted to supplement them with Party plenum’s however, as it has become increasingly apparent from the last 2 plenums  and the time between them that the consistent cycling between plenum, CC meeting, PB committee and standing committee meetings has been unsatisfactory in actually dealing with the problems that the UCPN(Maoist) currently face. Also, its interesting that some of this pro-democratic charge is being led by Baburam Bhattarai who apparently made similar charges several years ago which led to his brief suspension from the leadership.

Neupane may get third term

KATHMANDU, DEC 08 –

Although three leaders of the All Nepal National Independent Students Union-Revolutionary (ANNISU-R) are willing to throw their hats into the ring for presidential berth, its mother organisation is preparing to pick incumbent present Lekh Nath Neupane for his third term.

The UCPN (Maoist) wants Neupane to continue as president although Vice President duo Yub Raj Chaulagain and Ramdip Acharya and General Secretary Himal Sharma—all from Chairman Pushpa Kamal Dahal’s faction—have aspired to enter the election fray.

Although Neupane belongs to Vice Chairman Mohan Baidhya’s camp, majority of the student leaders are from the chairman’s fold.  “The party wanted unanimity in leadership choice but none of the three seemed to give up. So the old leadership will continue,” said a student leeder. Netra Bikram Chand, the student in-charge of the Maoists, said the party still feels the necessity of Neupane’s leadership to run the student wing effectively.

Maoist to revamp party organisation

KATHMANDU, DEC 02 –

Immediately after the sixth plenum, the UCPN (Maoist) has started groundwork to reshuffle its organisations, mainly state committees and six bureaus.

There are apparently two reasons for this: to bolster the organisations for possible people’s revolt after May 28 and to meet the demand of the faction led by Vice Chairman Baburam Bhattarai.

Bhattarai camp is demanding its reasonable share in the party’s organisations claiming that the establishment faction led by Party Chairman Pushpa Kamal Dahal has domination in the bureaus and state committees. Bhattarai had raised this issue during the plenum.

“We have been raining our concern for organizational reshuffle in view of the changed dynamics within the party and this would be one agenda in the Central Committee (CC) meeting,” said Bamdev Chhetri, CC member close to Bhattarai. Currently, the Maoist party has six bureaus and 30 state committees, and Dahal faction commands majority in most of them. Maoist Secretary CP Gajurel said the CC meeting is likely to take up this issue.

The Maoist leaders maintain that they are making party organizations effective and strong for the possible revolt after May 28. “The organisations should be reshuffled to make them appropriate for people’s revolt,” said Politburo member Gopal Kirati, who is close to Dahal. They argue that the indefinite general strike called by the party earlier failed to produce desired results due to the organisational loopholes.

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