Nepal Maoist hardliner opposes disarming guerrilla



Kathmandu: Indicating a deepening rift in Nepal's ruling Maoist party, hardline leader Mohan Vaidya "Kiran" on Sunday opposed the move to disarm the former gurrillas and plans to return property seized during the decade-long civil war in the country.

"The rift in the party was between the revolutionaries and opportunists," he underlined, adding that he was not ready to compromise on principles and ideology of the party.

Underlining the need for 'people's revolution' in Nepal, Vaidya said the Maoists' revolution would be complete only by establishing "Janabad" or peoples rule.

He said the UCPN-Maoist aims "to empower people with political, economic and cultural rights and safeguard national sovereignty."

"If these goals are not achieved, there would be a need for people's revolution, though the revolution was not the priority of the Maoist party," he was quoted as saying by state-run Gorkhapatra daily.

He rejected the idea of disarming the former combatants and integrating them with the security forces on individual basis. He also opposed the government's plan to return property seized during the decade-long conflict.

"We have not decided to return the property by deploying police for the purpose without providing any alternative to the tillers," he said.

Returning the property was one of the key issue agreed upon by the major political parties, including the Maoists and the Nepali Congress, as part of a key deal.

Vaidya described his opponents in the party as opportunists and accused the party leadership of surrendering on the issue of principles.

He admitted that there is two line of struggle going on within the Maoist party. He said serious discussions are going on in the party to institutionalise the sacrifices made by the people.

Vaidya said he is in favour of a peace in which national sovereignty and independence are ensured. Meanwhile, Nepali Congress president Sushil Koirala flayed the some of the Maoist leaders for suggesting revolution.

"The Maoists should understand the situation of the modern day era," he said.

He said the Nepali Congress will never compromise in its bid to establish pluralism and democracy. He urged the Maoists to end the politics of guns.

Speaking at an interaction programme in Kaski district in western Nepal, he asked the Maoist to play a constructive role to conclude the peace process and draft a new constitution on time.

He asked the Maoists to implement earlier agreements related to peace process in order to conclude the peace process.

PTI