Nepal: Maoists launch UNPM
By Stephen Mauldin at Sep 01, 2009
The UCPN-Maoist on Thursday made public the Declaration of United National People’s Movement (UNPM)—the newly formed party front to launch its fresh struggle programmes.
The four-point declaration has demanded that the decisions made by the parallel people’s power centers established during the people’s war—the decade-long civil bloody war—should be given legitimacy.
The UNPM was formed on August 3 under the leadership of Maoist Vice Chairman Baburam Bhattarai to lead the series of protests announced by the party earlier this month.
As per the declaration, the recently formed Revolutionary Joint Front will work for the power as demanded by the situation though it will be the medium of struggle.
The main opposition party, which dislodged from the government under its leadership after the president intervened into its attempt to sack the Chief of Army Staff (CoAS), has also demanded for the formation of a joint national government under its leadership by dissolving the current government at the earliest.
In the declaration made public through the personnel website of leader Baburam Bhattari, the chairman of UNPM, the Maoists have laid out various demands, among others, rubbish the President’s move over CoAS row and guarantee the civilian supremacy by keeping the Nepal Army completely under the government elected through people’s mandate.
Likewise, the Maoists have called for deploying both the armies—Nepal Army (NA) and Maoist People’s Liberation Army (PLA)—in the development works and public service until the completion of integration process. It has also urged the government to provide all kinds of services and perks to the PLA men on a par with the NA personnel.