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Nepal's new Maoist party targets India

A day after its formation, the breakaway faction of Nepal’s ruling Maoist party launched an attack on India on Tuesday.

world Updated: Jun 20, 2012 00:05 IST
Utpal Parashar

A day after its formation, the breakaway faction of Nepal’s ruling Maoist party launched an attack on India on Tuesday.

Communist Party of Nepal, Maoist, which parted ways from Unified Communist Party of Nepal (Maoist) on Monday, blamed the southern neighbour for several problems plaguing Nepal.

"India has been encroaching Nepal’s territory and interfering in our economic, social and political affairs," CPN, (M) Chairman Mohan Baidya told a press conference at Kathmandu while formally announcing formation of the new party.

He also accused India of controlling political parties in Nepal and installing and removing "puppet governments" at will.

Baidya said that the new party would strive towards scrapping of old agreements with India like Bilateral Investment Promotion and Protection Agreement and signing of new treaties on equal terms.

"If India doesn’t stop its interference, our energies will be targeted against it to protect our national unity and sovereignty," he stressed.

Baidya accused UCPN (M) Chairman Pushpa Kamal Dahal and Prime Minister Baburam Bhattarai of having "special relations" with India.

Terming formation of the new party as a new episode in the country’s communist movement, he informed continuance of the unfinished tasks of the “peoples’ revolution” in a non-violent manner as its aim.

Baidya and several members of his faction who were in Indian jails when the Dahal-Bhattarai combine signed the peace deal on New Delhi’s guidance had been at loggerheads with the party’s establishment faction for digressing from "peoples’ revolution".

The hardliner faction blamed Dahal and Bhattarai for compromising on the party’s ideals to concentrate on peace and constitution by handing over arms and integrating Maoist combatants into Nepal Army.

Baidya termed conspiracy by national and international forces, power tussles between ruling Maoist-Madhesi coalition and opposition, and undemocratic steps taken by major parties as causes for failure to promulgate the new constitution within deadline last month.

"The way out of the present crisis following dissolution of the Constituent Assembly is consensus among all parties on contentious issues of the new constitution through a round table conference and formation of a national unity government," he said.

The new party would concentrate on formation of a third political front comprising nationalist and leftist forces to oppose to the ruling Maoist-Madhesi coalition and the opposition combine of Nepali Congress and Communist Party of Nepal (Unified Marxist Leninist).

Baidya ruled out unification with the parent party unless Dahal-Bhattarai changed their opportunistic ways.

"Our doors are open to Dahal and Bhattarai. But we won’t go to them, they have to come to us," he stressed.

Though it won’t have any effect on the present government, the new party is likely to harm UCPN (M)’s prospects in the next elections slated for November.