Nepal's New Maoist leader proposes 'PLA' revival

New Maoist leader proposes 'PLA' revival

Jan. 9, 2015, 5:45 p.m. Published in Magazine Issue: Vol: 08 No. -13 December. 26- 2014 (Poush 11, 2071)

The CPN Maoist led by Netra Bikram Chand has started preparations to revive the ´People´s Liberation Army (PLA)´ and Chand has officially proposed this in his party document presented at the first national convention of the party held here.

The Maoist group led by Chand split from the CPN-Maoist, itself a splinter group of the UCPN (Maoist).

Chand has tabled the revival proposal, arguing that the PLA was needed to complete the ´revolution´. Chand raised the issue Wednesday at the opening session of the convention and he formally endorsed the proposal at the closed session.

Chand, in his party document, claimed that revolution is impossible without an army. “Our main objective is to lead the revolution, which remains incomplete till now,” a Maoist party leader quoted Chand as saying.

Chand argued that the party needs a ´force´ to tackle the hurdles in the path of revolution. “Revolution will not always be peaceful,” the leader quoted Chand as saying at the closed session.

Chand was against the decision to dissolve the Maoist party´s PLA though this was in line with the Comprehensive Peace Accord. Chand, at the convention, argued that the Maoist leaders have left the revolution incomplete and surrendered to political parties that believe in a parliamentary system.

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