World Bulletin/News Desk
A new party has emerged from Nepal's fractured Maoist fringe on Monday, calling for a "people's retaliation."
At a press conference in the capital, Kathmandu, the former secretary of the Communist Party of Nepal – Maoist, Netra Bikram Chand, announced his own similarly-named Communist Party of Nepal Maoist, taking a third of the party with him.
He criticized his party's stance on the drafting of a new constitution and accused the ruling Nepali Congress party and Communist Party of Nepal (Unified Marxist Leninist) of trying to undo the peace agreement that ended the country's decade-long civil war in 2006.
The Communist Party of Nepal – Maoist had boycotted elections in 2013 and criticized the signing of energy-sharing agreements with neighboring India but Chand said there was a need to launch a "people's retaliation" against "regressive" forces in the country.
“Guns are not a big deal. If we take over brains, there won’t be any problem of guns,” said Chand, who has previously expressed his willingess to lead insurgent forces. “We are ready to wage war, sit for talks or even shake hands to institutionalize the achievements of the decade-long people’s war.”
He said the party has no immediate plans to initiate a new round of violence but did not rule out the possibility.
Chand's breakaway marks the most significant fissure amongst the Maoists since 2012, when the Communist Party of Nepal (Maoist), who launched the "People's War" in 1996, split into separate parties under two different leaders.
The faction led by Pushpa Kamal Dahal and commonly known as UCPN (M) is the largest opposition party in the constituent assembly. Speculation of a possible reunion of the Maoist groups have been set back by Chand's announcement.
Mohan Baidya, Chairman of the Communist Party of Nepal – Maoist, told Chand to return to the party earlier this month.
"I still urge him to realize his mistake and come back. We have called a national meeting on December 25, 2014. We can extensively discuss the party's weaknesses and ways of uniting in the meeting," said.
Though the delivery of the country’s constitution by the scheduled January 22 deadline is improbable, the formation of the new party is unlikely to disrupt formal machinations, and may drive conciliatory efforts.
The opposition UCPN (M) leads an influential 22-party alliance that forces the ruling coalition to consider the demands of other mainstream political forces.
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