Maoists marking 18th People’s War today


KATHMANDU: Some eight months down the party split, the two Maoist parties—UCPN (Maoist) and CPN—Maoist are marking the 18th anniversary of the decade long People´s War on their own by organizing different programs in the capital and other parts of the country as well.

The UCPN (Maoist), country’s largest political party, is organizing a mass meeting at Khula Manch on the occasion of the 18th People’s War. The party leaders have said that the mass meeting also would be a declaration meeting of the party’s recently concluded general convention. The UCPN (Maoist) concluded its seventh general convention in Hetauda four days ago reelecting Prachanda as the party supremo.

Top leaders of the party including newly elected Chairman Pushpa Kamal Dahal ‘Prachanda’, Vice-chairmen Dr Baburam Bhattarai and Narayan Kaji Shrestha and other top leaders would attend the mass meeting, the party source said.

Similarly, the CPN-Maoist would organize a mass meeting in Thabang of Rolpa where top leaders of the hardline party would attend including the party Chairman Mohan Baidhya.

Likewise, the CPN-Maoist is organizing a tea reception at Bhirikutimandap at 2 PM this afternoon.

Party spokesperson Pampha Bhusal said, “For the first time this year we are going to organize a tea reception on the occasion of People’s War.”

The people’s war, a violent political course taken by the Maoists in 1996 had ended after signing the comprehensive peace accord in 2006, paving ways to the former rebels to join the peace politics.

The decade long insurgency witnessed death of some 15,000 people and have been disappearing some 1,000 people.