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Baidya has his eyes set on “people’s republican order”

KATHMANDU: Maoist hardliner Mohan Baidya has made it clear that if there is any  shortchanging in a truly democratic and republican constitution the people will have the right to revolt. Significantly he said it in an  interview with The Hindu, an Indian newspaper.

Moreover he has also stressed demand for exit of Dr Baburam Bhattarai led government. He has conceded that the UCPN-Maoist is now torn apart  between what he called “right-wing revisionism” and “revolutionary Marxism”.

He has also made it clear the he was not against peace and constitution but was prepared to fight against anti-people compromises.” He has  tended to go against the party decision taken in 2005 whereby the UCPN-Maoist joined hands with parliamentary forces for “democratic republican order.”

Six years on he has said that while the decision was tactically right there is now a need to go back to the party agenda of establishing  “People’s Federal Republic” or a “People’s Democracy’.

He has made it clear that parliamentary democracy was also a class hegemony while what he is fighting for (people’s democracy) is just the other way round. He has also lamented the way his party dissolved the “people’s government” soon after 2006.

He has lamented the way the Maoist army is being clubbed with the national army. He has flayed it as disarmament. He also lamented the lack of national security policy.

He stood by “ethnic autonomy, right to self determination, special rights for Dalits, Muslims and women, right to food, education, health and

work, revolutionary land reform, and a proportional representation based electoral system”.

He said that given what is being done, there is no prospect of all that coming by. He has come down heavily on Bhattarai government saying it has surrendered to India.

He has resented how the government was playing into Indian hand economically too. He has claimed that the latest series of events surrounding

him whereby he is holding parallel meetings than joining the one called by Prachanda he has said that ” it is unnatural but necessary.”

He has said that whether the party splits will depend on leadership and that “revolutionary do not split they revolt.” He has said that while

Prachanda was a talent at some point of time he is missing the point now.”

Published Date: Tuesday, March 27th, 2012 | 07:43 PM

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