Prachanda on TV: Reactionaries Stealing Our Slogans

A day after Prime Minister Girija Prasad Koirala’s appearance on TV, it was Maoist Chairman Prachanda’s turn today to face the media (which was broadcast live on at least on TV station in Kathmandu) and provide his version of what’s going on in Southern Nepal and Kathmandu. Naturally, Prachanda came heavily against “those elements” in southern Terai that are trying to “steal our slogans and take credit of the achievements of 10-year-old peoples’ war and 19-day historic peoples’ movement.” Prachanda also didn’t waste much time before issuing a stern warning to “those elements”: Keep quiet or we will come and take charge of the movement and flush you out. He also talked about the possibility of using AMRIES to bring Madhesh situation under control. “Peoples’ Liberation Army will be taking part if the government decides to mobilize Army” in Terai, he said.

Federalism and proportionate representation are our slogans. We raised those issues. Now reactionaries who were always opposing those issues and were against the election of constituent assembly are stealing those slogans and trying to portray themselves as the biggest republicans, Prachanda said. The Maoist leader also said that the party will launch offensive (in the form of “movement”) if the situation continues.

Here is more from eKantipur: To begin with, apologizing for the weaknesses and mistakes committed by his party cadres, Prachanda said that the Maoists have not given up their political demands of federal governance system, democratic republican set up and proportional electoral system, which he said are interconnected and accused some organizations of trying to distort the CPN-M’s image.

“During brainstorming sessions with the seven parties, the CPN-M did struggle to convince them about our agenda, however, later we agreed for the time being so as to raise the issue again during the CA elections,” said Prachanda. Stating that right to self-governance is the fundamental requirement for the republican set up, Prachanda stated that the CPN-M was deeply concerned over the seven party alliance government’s sluggish and inactive approach towards holding CA elections.

When asked whether the PM’s address will resolve the Terai issue, Prachanda said PM’s address was incomplete and added that the way the issues were put together in the name of addressing the Madhes problem was never going to help find solution to the problem. “We don’t express our solidarity with those who involved themselves in flaring up violence in the Terai region, however, the genuine demands put forward by the Madhes community should be properly and completely addressed and we express our solidarity with the protesters in this regard,” added Prachanda.

Prachanda said that his party believes in peaceful demonstrations and the CPN-M would be organizing peaceful rallies across Terai and that his party would concentrate on revealing those regressive forces that have played roles in instigating violence and unrest. Prachanda also said that he wanted to appeal all to remain alert and cautious as some regressive forces were trying to disrupt the communal harmony and instigate violence. Prachanda also reiterated that the demonstration the CPN-Maoist was planning to organize was not a warning but a notice that if the government failed to create conducive environment to hold the CA elections by the stipulated time, the CP|N-Maoist would take to the streets.





57 responses to “Prachanda on TV: Reactionaries Stealing Our Slogans”

  1. Patriot Avatar

    I dont believe reviving KG will do anything, its too late and irrelevant. even if it is brought back it will be a quick fix since its status quo. At this stage the only viable and satisfactory solution seems to be the CA election whr ppl will vote wht they want. But this election must address aspiration of all major groups. This is the only solution that we seem to have today.

  2. sonam Avatar

    The maobadi is showing its true colors. Look at the interview of Gajural, and he says

    “We are now capable of launching a fresh revolt any time.”
    Gajurel’s comments have confirmed conflicting reports in that past that the Maoists had been busy recruiting PLA fighters even after entering mainstream politics.
    Gajurel, who is also the in-charge of the party’s “international command”, revealed that if the parliament failed to get results, they would also conduct a “city-based revolution.”
    “We are going to the elections and make sure that the results are in our favour. If the oppositions capture one booth, we will capture five,” he added.

    The terai crises is created by them to come to power.

  3. sonu Avatar

    Looking at the above interview the whole country and the SPA have been taken for a ride by the maobadi.
    They should have listed to Moriharty.
    Keep them away from the terai, they will do more damage rather than solving it

  4. sagarmatha Avatar

    Stupid Girija…..

  5. sagarmatha Avatar

    Royalist are Pratigami we have heard but now Madhesi are considering SPA as “Pratigami”. Furthermore they are telling “Pratigami ko chalkhel”. We are dividing our nation into 22 and 24 countries by going back to 238 years, then who is pratigami???king, SPA, maoist or madheshi…

    I suggest SPA to be serious in this issue otherwise this country is going to be divided and start to kill each other.

  6. sonam Avatar

    Prachanda should keep his mouth shut, otherwise the terai crises will worsen.

  7. mr.bhotey Avatar

    hello mr.PATRIOT, went thru u’r article..yeh its gud i appreaciate few of’em…but u call u’rself a communist n’ still tok abt “BAHUN CLAN” oh fuck me i guess, fuck me i got to read abt racism from a person who claims himdelf to be a COMMUNIST.hah.u suck. be liberal,my fren.


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