13 February 2020 I Pushpa Kamal Dahal “Prachanda” has revealed that former Nepalese prime minister Girija Prasad Koirala used to call him “daily” urging Maoist guerrillas to launch bigger and bloodier attacks on district headquarters across the Himalayan nation.
Mr Dahal was referring to a turbulent time in Nepal’s recent history when the Maoist leader was still fighting government forces while Mr Koirala was simultaneously leading a nationwide campaign against the royal regime of King Gyanendra.
If Prachanda’s speech today, delivered at a commemorative function in Kathmandu, contains any truth at all then the already disillusioned Nepalese people would further lose faith in their political leaders because that would clearly indicate that the late Mr Koirala, the most recognisable face of the “peaceful democratic movement” in 2006, was not that “peaceful” after all if he indeed played a secretive role in the Maoist-government forces bloodbath.
If Prachanda’s speech contained any truth at all then it would also mean that the late Nepali Congress leader was effectively playing a movie-like double-standard political leader.
Mr Dahal made the revelation during his speech at the headquarters of his ruling party, the Nepal Communist Party (NCP). He co-chairs the party along with Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli.
“Girija Prasad Koirala and I used to talk on the phone on a daily basis,” Mr Dahal said in a Facebook live video posted on his official page.
“He used to urge us to carry out bigger attacks. He used to say we should hit the district headquarters,” the former guerrilla leader added.
He went on to explain that this “strange” coordination between the mainstream political parties that had already led governments in Kathmandu and his underground party that was at the time waging the people’s war was the reason why the centuries-old monarchy came to an end.
Drawing examples from LTTE in Sri Lanka and Shining Path in Peru, the former supreme commander of the Maoist army pointed out that many armed rebel groups in contemporary world were not lucky enough to have successfully participated in peace talks – the way Nepalese Maoists did.
Prachanda stated that his party was carrying out military offensives on district headquarters across Nepal while at the same time hundreds of thousands of demonstrators poured onto Kathmandu streets to participate in the “peaceful democratic movement” led by the then seven-party bloc – such events rarely take place, Prachanda told his fellow-comrades.
“An environment was created in Nepal for that to happen,” he remarked.
Mr Dahal was speaking at the People’s War Day function at the Kathmandu-based headquarters of his party. The People’s War of Nepal, waged by the former Communist Party of Nepal (Maoist), formally began on 13 February 1996 during which tens of thousands of Nepalese citizens were murdered by both sides – Maoist combatants and the state security forces.