Needless to say foreign play prevails in Nepal

Bhim Prasad Gautam

Unified Maoists leader, Nepal

TGQ1: You were party PB member and also assumed the post of a minister in the past, however, it appears that you have not been awarded with any position-responsibility by the party you were affiliated with? Why so? Many say that after the party’s Biratnagar episode, you preferred not to take up any responsibility of the party?

Gautam: It is not that the party did not award any responsibility to me but instead the fact is that I for one myself refrained to take up any responsibilities of the party. It was my self decision if it could be said so.

I proposed in Biratnagar meet that let the old men of the party quit post. What became then clear is that Amik Sherchan stood first then followed Dina Nath Sharma and I was the third eldest. I too have already crossed 65 so I decided not to assume any executive posts instead would keep myself engaged in social activities and make trips abroad. Thus I quit the post myself and it was my own decision.

We finalised or say sorted out the internal party policies which was taken up by the previous Hetaunda convention. But the meet could not sort out the organaisational matters. Thus while we had been demanding the convenening of a special convention of the party, but we landed in Biratnagar with a national convention. But when the national convention could not do away with the organisational issues, we now prefer a special assembly of the party which, we had been told, that the Noveember 10, 2014, CC meet was to take a sound decision in this regard but the meet got shifted once again. The Babu Ram panel men had told that they will not occupy any posts above the CC level. So the need of the time, as is being talked inside the partyy, is to turn the party’s CC into an organising or or say an adhoc committee which shall take care of the unsettled organisational issues. The finalisation would be accomplished by convenening once again the special assembly of the party.

TGQ2: So how the party debate or say feud will get settled? You talked of division of works but isn’t it the quarell over posts?

Gautam: The work division should be handled in a convincing manner in order to subside the feud observed inside the party. At the moment, the men occupying posts belong to a single panel. Thus the need of the time is to assimilate all in a proportinate manner in the executive posts and then face the special party assembly. It is this which shall sort of the present days feud.

Questions have been raised that the theoritical decisions that the Hetaunda convention took up have some flaws and also talked that some lapses remain yet. We talked in the Hetaunda convention that some half of the jobs were accomplished of the peoeple’s revolution and some still remain intact and we decided to accomplish the remaining tasks. Some issues are there in it also but the main issue hinges not on theoritical aaspect but on organaisational matters. The main issue for the party is on how to take further steps after entereing into the peace process. This had to be settled by the November 10, 2014, CC meet. But the meet got postponed as stated earlier. The fear is that when we have entered into the peace process which doesn’t allow us to go in for yet another revolt and if we ignore the revolt then the fear is that our party may become the replica of the Nepali Congress and the UML. Here lay the main problem. Even as of today, a section of our pary colleagues favor going for a revolt once again.

TGQ3: It is talked that your party is shortly to unite with that of the NCP-Maoists led by chairman Mohan Baidya?

Gautam: As I heard Mohan baaidya and Comrade Prachanda had talks about the unfication of the Parties around the time of the Dashain festival. The idea was to sack Dr. Bhattarai from our panel and Netra Bikram Chand from Baidya’s party for facilitating unification. This was the talk at time of the festivals.  While Mohan Baidya talks of initiating an urban revolt then we are in favor of the new constitution which if promulagetd on time may help support in the institutionalisation of the republican, secular and the federal order. This is what our stand is. In such a situation, I think there are plenty of theoritical differences between the two parties. We are engaged in having the constitution to institutionalise the past gains but yet some contentious issues as regards the constitution remain intact. Consensus is yet to be forged. I don’t think that in the given therotical difference, the two parties will unite.

TGQ4: You talked of the need for the new constitution. Are you sure that the new Charter will be on time?

Gautam:  Well, whether the constitution shall be promulgated on time or not, all depends on Nepali Congress and the UML These two parties, the NC and the UML, have hinted that they will promulagte the new Constitution even if it be through the show of strength. Such acts may deliver a constitution but fear remains that such a national Charter may be burnt ultimately. The Mohan Baidya section has already told that they will not accept such a constitution and what if we also do not accept the Charter? We just preferred eight States and one executive either the President or the Prime Minister and his or her election should be a direct one. This is our stance. But the NC and the UML say that the parliament should itself elect the Prime Minister and the President. If so then the NC and the UML mean every thing of the sort of 1990 constitution. How this could we accept?

TGQ5: It is widely believed that we act what the foreigners tell us to do? What say you?

Gautam: Yes! It is a matter of fact that foreign play prevails in Nepal. Let’s presume that it could be in the constitution drafting process as well.  But it is not that they could obstruct the constitution drafting processess. It could be that India prefers a constitution much the same way as the Nepali Congress and the UML wish. China favors development. More so both the countries may think that their ecnomy is being developed and thus they both may think that what if Nepal remains unstable? Such an instability has profound impact on the adjoining neighbors. That is why both apparently wish that Nepal becomes a stable and developed country after the advent of the new constitution. Looking at all these factors, I feel that even forreign powers do not wish that Nepal should not have a constitution.  Thanks Nepali Patra Weekly November 14, 2014: Ed. 

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