KATHMANDU, Sept 6: The CPN-Maoist has decided to form people´s governments at the central and local levels by joining forces with pro-republicans, pro federalists, leftists and nationalist forces.
According to the decision of the central organizing committee on Wednesday, the central people´s government will be named Federal People´s Committee while the governments at the local level will be called Autonomous People´s Committees.
During the decade long insurgency, Maoists had run parallel governments in their strongholds under the command of the Joint Revolutionary People´s Council headed by Baburam Bhattarai at the central level.
Similarly, the Maoists ran people´s government at the district and village levels to carry out their administrative functions. The Maoist also ran parallel judiciary during the conflict. Following the signing of the Comprehensive Peace Agreement, the Maoists dissolved all the parallel administrative and judicial mechanisms in January 2007.
"The party has decided to adopt two strategies -- first, launching a class struggle by taking actions against corrupt officials and protesting anarchy at the local level, and second, setting up a military mechanism and joint front and giving the party a revolutionary character to prepare grounds for the people´s revolt," said a CC member of the party.
Submits 70-pt demand to govt
The CPN-Maoist has also forwarded a 70-point demand to the government.
Organizing a press meet at its central office in Buddhanagar, the party has listed out its demands under different heads - safeguarding national sovereignty and democracy and promoting people´s livelihood.
Most of the demands are similar to the 40-point demand submitted by Baburam Bhattarai to then Sher Bahadur Deuba-led government just before the launch of the people´s war.
The CPN (Maoist) had launched the people´s war after the government failed to address their demands.
Interestingly, CPN-Maoist has incorporated 30 additional points to the original document to submit it to Bhattarai himself.
"It is just a coincidence that our demands are similar to the one submitted by Bhattarai. We will launch a struggle if our demands are not addressed. We will not immediately launch an armed struggle, but we don´t deny its possibility either," party Chairman Mohan Baidya said at the press meet, adding that power does not change hands without an armed struggle.
"We can see the history of the US and France that profess to be champions of democracy. They had also taken up arms," said Baidya referring to Nepal´s armed struggles in1951 and at other times.
Some of the demands include banning vehicles with Indian number plates in Nepal, scrapping of the controversial BIPPA signed with India, banning foreign donors from working with INGOs directly and taking action against corrupt politicians and government officials.
Big three to blame
Speaking at the press meet, Baidya accused the leaders of the three major political parties of misleading the people on the pretext of forging consensus. He also held the leaders responsible for the current political deadlock.
"The top leaders of the three major parties have held democracy hostage. They have imposed an autocratic rule," he added.
Baidya also ruled out the possibility of unification with the mother party UCPN (Maoist).