Plenum for stronger UML: Khanal

Kathmandu, January 29:

CPN-UML general secretary Jhala Nath Khanal today said the party’s eighth general convention would consolidate the outfit as far as ideology and organisational base were concerned. The plenum will also help the UML to face emerging challenges.

He made this statement while releasing the draft of the party’s political report that will be presented during the convention to be held in Butwal from February 16 to 21.

He said that the UML would launch ideological struggle against the Communist extremism unleashed by its coalition partner, the Maoists.

Earlier, the political report was endorsed during the 23rd Central Committee (CC) meeting, which was held recently. The CC had adopted the People’s Multiparty Democracy - propounded by slain general secretary Madan Bhandari - as the party’s guiding principle to further its political ambitions.

The report also touched upon the changed political scenario that has emerged since the Constituent Assembly polls in April.

“The convention will focus on how to draft the new constitution while keeping the anarchists and secessionists at bay,” said Khanal.

The report emphasised to keep a strict vigil on the activities of feudal reactionaries and status quo elements. It called for forging ties with main opposition Nepali Congress and coalition partners — Unified CPN-Maoist and Madhesi Janaadhikar Forum — on crucial issues like state

restructuring, bringing about socio-economic transformation and the statute-drafting process.

“These parties are friendly forces, who will help achieve the country’s goal. Political fronts should also be formed among democratic forces to combat the revivalists and reactionaries,” stated the draft report.