Friday, October 15, 2004

India: MCC and PWG merge to form CPI (Maoist)

[The statement claimed direct lineage from the Communist Party of India (Marxist-Leninist) by saying it would give the late Charu Mazumdar, who split from the CPI-M and formed CPI-ML in 1969, the status of "founder". He also announced the formation of a People's Liberation Guerrilla Army and extended support to "revolutionary struggles" in Nepal, Peru, the Philippines, Turkey and other places. ]


MCC, PWG merge to form new party


In a move with far-reaching consequences, India's two dominant Maoist groups, the Maoist Communist Centre (MCC) and People's War Group (PWG), have merged and formed the Communist Party of India (Maoist).

A press release issued by Ganapati, the long-standing underground leader of PWG, said the unity was aimed at furthering the cause of "revolution" in India.

Ironically, the acronym of the new party will be CPI-M, the same as for the Communist Party of India-Marxist (CPI-M).

Ganapati, who has led a life in hiding for some three decades, said the merger took place almost four weeks ago, on September 21.

The new party pledged to work in close collaboration with the Communist Party of Nepal (Maoist), which is leading a bloody insurgency in the Himalayan kingdom.

The Jharkhand police, who keep a close track on developments on the Maoist front, have confirmed the development.

Ganapati said in his statement that the new party would fiercely oppose the central government run by the Congress and its mainstream communist allies, the Communist Party of India (CPI) and the CPI-M.

He also announced the formation of a People's Liberation Guerrilla Army and extended support to "revolutionary struggles" in Nepal, Peru, the Philippines, Turkey and other places.

The statement claimed direct lineage from the Communist Party of India (Marxist-Leninist) by saying it would give the late Charu Mazumdar, who split from the CPI-M and formed CPI-ML in 1969, the status of "founder".

For the last five years, the PWG and the MCC had been trying to merge, but repeated efforts failed for a variety of reasons.

The Jharkhand police, who keep a close track on developments on the Maoist front, have confirmed the development.

Ganapati said in his statement that the new party would fiercely oppose the central government run by the Congress and its mainstream communist allies, the Communist Party of India (CPI) and the CPI-M.

He also announced the formation of a People's Liberation Guerrilla Army and extended support to "revolutionary struggles" in Nepal, Peru, the Philippines, Turkey and other places.

The statement claimed direct lineage from the Communist Party of India (Marxist-Leninist) by saying it would give the late Charu Mazumdar, who split from the CPI-M and formed CPI-ML in 1969, the status of "founder".

For the last five years, the PWG and the MCC had been trying to merge, but repeated efforts failed for a variety of reasons.

Indo Asian News Service 14/10/2004