Update: Nepali Congress Vice President Ram Chandra Paudel said socialism should be a peaceful approach.
He stressed on the need for execution of the past agreements reached among the parties, and to move forward and deal with various contentious issues.
NC has taken to protest with demands to ensure the new Constituent Assembly elections, he said, adding that he saw some glimmer of hope in Dahal's political dossier due to be presented in the Maoist conclave.
Update: CPN-UML Vice Chairman Bam Dev Gautam said that his party has looking at the Maoist gala with significance.
He said he is hopeful that the Maoists will adopt peaceful political line through the conclave, adding that the political consensus is a must at present.
The former deputy prime minister opined that the division in various mainstream political parties is responsible for the present situation of the country.
Update: Terai Madhesi Loktantrik Party (TMLP) leader Hridayesh Tripathi, Madhesi Janaadhikar Forum Nepal General Secretary, and Madhesi Janaadhikar Forum Democratic Secretary extended their parties' wishes to the Maoist conclave.
Update:Chairman of Rastriya Prajatantra Party Pashupati Shumsher Rana hailed the Maoist party’s role the peace process and the integration and rehabilitation of former combatants.
“However, we sometimes doubt that whether the UCPN-Maoist is a democratic party,” he said, asking the party to erase such doubts through the national convention.
He further extended his party’s wishes for the success of the Maoist conclave.
Update: Saying the national politics has been motionless and directionless at present, Chairman of Rastriya Janashakti Party (RJP) Surya Bahadur Thapa urged the Maoists to come up with clear agendas to give pace and direction to the current politics and resolve the crisis.
“UCPN-Maoist party has opportunities to show its ability in the politics. Only formal political dossier cannot do anything,” the former prime minister said.
He extended his best wishes for the success of the Maoist conclave.
Update: Foreign secretary of the Red Party Norway, representative of Communist Party of India (Marxist- Leninist), Sadbhawana Party Chairman Rajendra Mahato extended their wishes to the Maoist party for the success of the gala.
Update: Atit Bhattacharjee, politburo member of Socialist Unity Centre of India, extends his wishes.
Update: Ram Karki reads out Workers Party of North Korea's message.
Update: Chinese Ambassador to Nepal reads out Communist Party of China's message, hailing the UCPN-Maoist's role in Nepal's peace process.
Update: Artistes perform dance.
Update: Leaders of the fringe parties extend their wishes to the Maoist party for the success of its conclave at the inaugural function.
Update: Addressing the inaugural, former Speaker and civil society leader Daman Nath Dhungana urged the UCPN-Maoist to create an environment to hold peaceful election as it is only option to resolve the current political crisis.
Saying the Maoist party cannot be democratic by handing over the weapons only, Dhungana asked the Maoists to for go their propensity to the arms and armed struggle.
He said that the Maoist party, however, is proving itself to be a democratic force though democracy and Maoism considered to be poles apart.
“The GC should pronounce the fact that the UCPN-Maoist is not lacking anything to be democratic,” Dhungana said.
Update: Addressing the function, Maoist Vice Chairman Narayan Kaji Shrestha, also the Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Foreign Affairs, said that the GC will bring new agenda, policy and work plan for revolution in various sectors including economic and social.
He claimed that his party is leading the ongoing peace process and will lead it in the coming days also.
Commenting on the political deadlock, DPM Shrestha said the Maoist party wants to see the opposition parties agreeing for a political consensus by eliminating distrust before the conclusion of Maoist gala.
"We are ready to move together with the opposition parties by revising our stances.”
Prachanda inagurates Maoist gala
Update:The inaugural ceremony of the Maoist’s General Convention formally kicks off.
Party Chairman Prachanda inaugurates the function by litting the traditional Panas lamp.
Update: Top Maoist leaders -- including Chaimran Prachanda, Vice Chairmen Baburam Bhattarai and Narayan Kaji Shrestha-- and the representatives from other parties are seated at the dais.
Update: Rallies of the Maoist cadres from various sides are converging into an assembly at Harpachour.
Update:The meeting of the party’s organisation department held around 10 am this morning decided to pick 20 per cent representatives from party nomination, 10 per cent from the former People's Liberation Army, five per cent on the recommendaton of the party's State Committee members, and five per cent on the nomination of the party's central office.
Update: Maoist Spokesperson Agni Sapkota told THT Online that the party has also invited the CPN-Maoist, the splinter faction, to the inaugural function. However, he said it was not known who is representing the party in the function, Sapkota added.
Update: The party is organising rallies from all four entry corners of Hetaunda. A grand function will be organised at Huprachaur.
The seventh General Convention of ruling Unified CPN-Maoist is going to kick start in Hetaunda of Makwanpur district on Saturday.
The gala, which is organised after almost 22 years, is the first GC of the party since its peace journey with other parliamentarian parties following the Comprehensive Peace Accord.
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The party had announced GC in July last year which is all set to be inaugurated amid a function at Huprachour of Hetauda in Makawanpur district.
Volunteers of the UCPN-Maoist placing banners and decorating dais for the inaugural function for the party General Convention which is scheduled to kick off at around 1 PM. Photo: Bhanubhakta Acharya
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Party Chairman Pushpa Kamal Dahal ‘Prachanda’ is scheduled to address the inaugural function where top leaders of other parties parties including CPN-UML and Nepali Congress are scheduled to take part as the representatives.
According to the Maoist party, delegates from India, North Korea and China including other are also scheduled to attend the convention.
According to the party, the five-day gala, which is expected to bring changes in existing party’s strategies and line, will start its close-session from Sunday.
About 5,000 representatives and observes including invitees from various countries have been gathering at Huprachaur, the venue for the GC where the atmosphere has been turned into all red with the red cadres and leaders (Rata Manchhe) including red flags placed elsewhere and wall paintings also in red block letters.
Security has been beefed up around the venue and nearby areas keeping an eye over any untoward activities.