Maoists intensify anti-India campaign in Nepal

Nepal`s Maoists have stepped up their anti-India campaign demanding an end to alleged "intervention" in their country and abolition of all "unequal" treaties.

Last Updated: Nov 18, 2010, 17:26 PM IST

Kathmandu: Ahead of a key party meet,
Nepal`s Maoists have stepped up their anti-India campaign
demanding an end to alleged "intervention" in their country
and abolition of all "unequal" treaties.

"Stop Indian-intervention in Nepal and abolish all the
unequal treaties including Nepal-India Friendship Treaty of
1950," reads a wall painting made by the UCPN-Maoist ahead of
their much talked about plenum in Palungtar of Gorkha district
in western Nepal, to be attended by hundreds of Maoist leaders
and cadres on November 21.

The Maoists have also been blaming upon India for its
inability to forming a government under its leadership despite
the resignation tendered by Prime Minister Madhav Kumar Nepal
five months ago.

Last month the Maoists had misbehaved with Indian
ambassador Rakesh Sood in north-East Nepal`s Solukhumbu
district where he visited to construct various development
projects under Indian assistance.

India has also lodged its concern with the government
of Nepal regarding the Maoists providing training to Naxalites
within its territory which have been denied by the Maoists.

The Maoists are making grand preparations for its
extended meeting to be held in Gorkha district next week.

Ruling parties the Nepali Congress and CPN-UML and
civil society members have criticised the Maoists plan to
allow their People`s Liberation Army commanders to participate
in the plenum saying that it would violate the peace accord.

The participation of the Maoists` army personnel in
the meeting will challenge the existence of the peace accord,
said Nepali Congress leader and Minister for Energy Prakash
Sharan Mahat.

The participation of some 1,400 PLA members in the
meeting violates the Comprehensive Peace Accord, says senior
journalist Pralhad Rijal.

Around 70 straws made hamlets have been constructed to
accommodate some 6,000 Maoist cadres who are taking part in
the grand meeting.

The Maoists have allocated around Rs.30 million for
the event. Accommodation, food and drinking water and toilet
facilities have been arranged for the plenum.

Maoist chair Prachanda, first vice chairman and
hardliner leader Mohan Vaidya Kiran and second vice president
and soft-liner leader Baburam Bhattarai are presenting three
separate documents during their extended central body meeting.

Vaidya`s political paper stresses the need for
launching people`s revolution immediately with a view to
capturing power, whereas Baburam`s paper talks about
institutionalizing the democratic achievements including
multiparty democracy and federal republican system and to go
through election procedure instead of organising a revolt. However, Prachanda stresses on completing the peace
process and army integration and to opt for people`s
revolution only as an alternative means to attain power.

The leaders trio are currently busy to canvass the
cadres in their favour during the plenum and to get their
ideology endorsed from the meeting.

PTI