Inaction Mars CPN Unity Bid
‘Time and tide waits for no man,’ goes a popular English proverb, highlighting the importance of time. Those failing to accomplish his/her tasks within stipulated time are bound to suffer bad consequences. The saying also applies to the inordinate delay in completing the unification process of ruling Communist Party of Nepal (CPN) that was born of erstwhile CPN-UML and CPN-Maoist Centre. As the party system has not operated in a full-fledged manner, this has affected the performance of the government, too.
The party has been unified based on the concept of the dual chairmanship that looks unusual. Emerging political conditions necessitated the unification of two parties but the functional approach does not seem affective in achieving the optimum goals of the unified party. Dual leadership is the optional within the system of party but this has not galvanised unification spirit of party up to the grassroots.
The actors involved in the unification devised conceptual framework of the party structure and leadership hierarchy but this notion seems to have caught the essence of the party unification. Thus, the structural and functional approach of the current party system has not energised the rank and file. Moreover, the multiple factional groups and their leaders intervened in the political mechanism formed to unite and integrate the party. The conflict of interest has hindered unification process.
In a similar manner, the code of conduct adopted for the party unification somewhat could not enable to forge the mutual understanding of the history of the two parties and reflect the dialectical materialism of the necessity and expertise. Also, the party system has not well embraced the proportionate representation of various ethnic groups, gender, regions and linguistic communities. Power politics is at play since the announcement of the party unification.
Many party leaders are devoid of true statesmanship. No actor or agency is more important than the party organisation and its stated values. The party created its leadership more than a year ago. Now the time has come for them to prove their calibre for concluding the unity process by consolidating the party’s organs from to top to bottom. As the party has not fully been functional, various groups have manipulated intra-party differences and exercised their power to tip the balance in their favour. Some disgruntled leaders have publicly criticised the party chairmen and the government only to weaken the party’s solidarity. ‘Justice delayed is indeed justice denied’. As the deadlines are missed on the trot, the entire unification drive has been bogged down. A high-level committee formed to complete the unification process is not coming up with the strong resolve that is both credible and win-win for both parties.
Although the objective conditions of material life determine human’s consciousness, various leaders want to drive the party unity as per their interest. Globally, the government which adopts socialist perspective and programmes face obstructions from the foreign capitalist regimes. It needs no mention that some nations don’t want to see the government working effectively and smoothly under a powerful communist party. The party unification has been welcomed nationwide, but the joy it brought to the cadres is fading. Attempts are made to fragment the party before the unification takes a concrete shape. Some international actors have been indirectly involved in this gambit.
But the conspiracy to tear down the unification bid is unlikely to succeed. Nepali communist movement has thriving with concept of unity in diversity. The communist party has come a long way exercising the idea of the party unity with struggle. Not only, it has followed the principle of quality rather than quantity and transformed negation into negation. The time has come to end inaction infesting party unification. The leaders have to prove their mettle ideologically and ethically. No matter how trickier the unification is the key actors should make utmost efforts to build a strong communist party capable of bringing radical socio-economic transformation in the country.
(Maharjan is a journalist at Gorkhapatra daily)
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