Netra Bikram Chand is considered as the hard-liner communist leader. He is also considered as one of the architects of CPN-Maoist, one of the breakaway factions of UCPN-Maoist, which waged the decade long armed insurgency. Chanda, who is considered as the close leader of Chinese Government, recently returned from China. He shared his opinion about current political situation of the country and his recent China trip. Here is the excerpt:
There is dispute in your party on whether to go for November poll or not. Why there is such dispute?
There is no dispute in our party for whether to go for the election or not. We have already made it clear that our party will not go to the election in the present context.
General Secretary of your Party Ram Bahadur Thapa ‘Badal’ has been saying that you should participate in the election. Isn’t it?
I don’t know whether he has said so. I do not believe that he has made such statement as he himself formally launched the anti-election campaign by breaking the ballot box in Ratnapark Kathmandu.
However, he has been saying that there is no alternative to election?
He has not told such thing with us (in the party) if he has told that with you, you might have some proof. Isn’t it? None of the leaders have said that we should go for the elections. The Pokhara meeting of the party unanimously endorsed the decision that we should not go for the election rather boycott it. We will go for it if there was consensus in the party otherwise none of the leaders has said that we should go for election.
It is said that Badal and Pampha Bhusal are in favor of reconsidering the previous decision, isn’t it?
No, these are all baseless rumors. We all are firmly intact to the party decision and we are going to boycott the November election. This election is against the peace and democracy, so, we are committed to foil it. There is no relevancy of holding the election in such context. Not only leaders within our party, leaders of Nepali Congress and CPN-UML also believe that such election would not give outlet to the country. There is no relevancy of constituent assembly formed through such election. We formed our party as the earlier constituent assembly did not work properly.
The party line of people’s revolt marred into controversy, isn’t it?
No that’s not true. There are different problems in the country and people have frustration in this context how the line of people’s revolt be in shadow or be the issue of controversy. What is the meaning or revolt? Revolt is expressing anger by people if they were denied from their basic rights by the state. They will adopt violent means if their issues are not addressed, while raising these through peaceful means. There is no controversy in this issue the government media have been presenting these issues negatively. People are not confident that the election would give way-out to the current political stalemate rather they are frustrated that such election may not give way-out to the current political stalemate. They are of the view that the constitution should have been drafted through consensus rather than spending millions of rupees for it.
People are in favor of election of the Constituent Assembly, why you are distorting this fact?
I can say with confidence that people are not in favor of this type of election. More than 16 billion rupees is expected to be spent for the election. Why the poor Nepali people should bear such a huge amount of money for election rather than drafting the new constitution through consensus.
The government has already started the electoral process.
The government is also not in favor of holding the election without participation from all political parties. I also met chairperson of the Interim Election Government Khil Raj Regmi and he is also in favor of holding the election through consensus. He also said that he is facing pressure from some leaders like Madhav Nepal and Sushil Koirala among others. He also realized that election without CPN-Maoist is irrelevant.
If the election was held without your participation?
That is not possible and the election would fail if they try to hold it without our participation. The election would not take place without people’s participation. There will be no meaning of holding the election without participation of CPN-Maoist, which is also the part of peace process. If you say participation from Prachanda and Baburam they are not Maoists and they have already acknowledged it. They are trying to hold the election to suppress our voice.
Do you have the capacity to stop the election?
Yes we have and people are the basis for it. Youths, intellects, peasants and legal professionals are against the election, so, the election would not take place in present context. These above mentioned professionals are the main basis for boycotting the election.
If they hold the election by mobilizing the army?
The election would not take place by mobilizing army. The army is national army and they are not related with any political party, so, army can’t be mobilized without consent from all during this transitional period. If the government mobilizes army, we will join hands with them. I would like to appeal all generals (senior officials of Nepal Army) not to get deployed for the election. We may have consensus with the Army and Police and they understand the fact. If they try to sideline and suppress us we may be compelled to take up arms.
You recently completed China visit. Does China agree to provide weapons to you?
My recent visit to China should not be interpreted in that way. China is not the source for weapon. We just need support of Nepali people. China has said nothing about the election as they are of the policy of non-interference. China has clearly informed that Nepali people should decide about the election and we will go by the decision of Nepali people.
Earlier the HLPC and 33-party alliance agreed for holding the roundtable conference. How the issue diverted?
As I am surprised how the issue diverted and Nepali people could not enjoy the fruit of happiness. The wisdom of Nepali people was not used while making this decision. The leaders of major political parties became happy when the decision was made for going to the round-table conference but two days after the agreement they said they could not go for the round-table conference. So either the leaders do not understand round-table conference or they did not get green signal from the side from where they used to get it and rolled back the decision to conduct round-table conference.
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