Friday, October 15, 2004

India: Maoists unite to fight Indo-US "expansionist designs" in Nepal

[ The Communist Party of India-Maoist (CPI-Maoist), formed Thursday with the merger of two Maoist guerrilla groups, said Thursday it would support Maoists in Nepal and resist India's "expansionist designs".The unified party said it would "more actively stand by the side of the Nepalese people led by the Communist Party of Nepal-Maoist and vehemently oppose the Indian expansionists and US imperialists from intervening in Nepal with their military support". ]

Maoists to resist Indian role against Nepalese comrades

Hyderabad, Oct 14 : The Communist Party of India-Maoist (CPI-Maoist), formed Thursday with the merger of two Maoist guerrilla groups, said Thursday it would support Maoists in Nepal and resist India's "expansionist designs".

The unified party said it would "more actively stand by the side of the Nepalese people led by the Communist Party of Nepal-Maoist and vehemently oppose the Indian expansionists and US imperialists from intervening in Nepal with their military support".

Communist Party of India-Marxist Leninist People's War, which has its presence in 12 states and Maoist Communist Centre of India, which is mainly active in Bihar, Jharkhand and parts of West Bengal, had earlier in the day announced their merger to form the unified party.

The merger, which is expected to strengthen Maoist movement in India, is also significant in the backdrop of upsurge in Maoist violence in Nepal and India's assurance to help the Himalayan Kingdom, observers say.

Ramakrishna, state secretary of People's War, who announced the merger, said the party would strongly oppose Indian "expansionist designs" in the region.

"We will oppose any move to send Indian army to Nepal to crackdown on Maoists," he said.

Replying to a question, Ramakrishna denied that the Maoists had taken a decision to carve out a revolutionary corridor cutting through India to Nepal.

He, however, said they would support the Nepalese Maoists and pointed out that all revolutionary groups of South Asia had formed a confederation for greater coordination.

A joint statement of CPI-Maoist general secretary Ganapati and Kishen, general secretary of the erstwhile Moist Communist Centre of India said they would continue to support the people's war led by the Maoist parties in Peru, the Philippines and Turkey.

"It will continue to stand by the side of the Iraqi people and the Afghan people in their mighty struggle against the US imperialist-led aggression and occupation," the statement said.

Indo-Asian News Service 14/10/2004