The Mohan Baidya-chaired CPN-Maoist, which did not participate in the November 19 Constituent Assembly polls, has made public 40-point demands, warning that failure to address their demands would have consequences.
Organizing a press meet at the party’s headquarters at Buddhanagar, Kathmandu, Thursday, Baidya said their agitation will depend on how the government responds to their demands.
“Our agitation at first will be publicity-focused and peaceful. The remaining program will be set by the Joint People’s Committee,” Baidya said.
Baidya further said that he see no meaning in UCPN (Maoist) continuing to remain a part of the Constituent Assembly (CA) and doesn’t also want to be a part of it ever. The party had boycotted the election to the second CA in 2013.
The Maoist ideologue said that UCPN (M), which participated in the second CA election intending to deliver the much-awaited new constitution of the country, also has little value or meaning in the second CA.
Baidhya said he reached to this conclusion about UCPN (M) because top leaders of the very party have already confessed that for UCPN (M) to continue to be a part of the CA is tantamount to surrendering in front of parliamentary forces.
“This is because the 2/3rd majority is already in the hands of parliamentary forces. So parliamentary parties (like Nepali Congress, CPN-UML and others who are in the current government) have already made up their mind to ensure the new constitution through 2/3rd majority votes in the House. In this scenario, the main opposition UCPN (Maoist) has no meaning in remaining in the CA because its agenda will never be addressed and the constitution will not be to its liking,” Baidhya added.
The CPN-M chair made these remarks after he and UCPN (Maoist) Chairperson Pushpa Kamal signed a two-point deal on Thursday, opposing the government preparation for local elections and arrest of individuals alleged of rights violation during armed conflict.
Meanwhile, as announced in the press meet, CPN-M Secretary Deb Gurung will lead the Committee that will chart out future course of agitation against the government.
Some of the points of the demands include revoking the 1950 Nepal-India Treaty, structuring federal democratic republican set up, forming ethnic autonomous regions in different provinces and arranging prerogative rights for certain ethnic groups.
Likewise, making the status of disappeared people public, protecting the families of disappeared people, martyrs and those injured in the people’s war are some other demands of the CPN-M.
The 40-point demands resemble an earlier demand list of Maoists submitted to the then Sher Bahadur Deuba government before beginning their people’s war in 1996.