Kathmandu. The former Maoist People’s Liberation Army (PLA) and the expatriate children’s army have joined the KP Oli-led CPN (Maoist).
On Saturday, former combatant commanders, including Prachanda-Madhav supporter CPN (Maoist) central member Lil Bahadur Thapa, reached the PM’s residence in Baluwatar and joined Oli’s leadership. Former combatant president Tuk Bahadur Thapa (Arjun) and ex-officio members of the expatriate children’s organization Lenin Bista have declared their support for Oli.
CPN (Maoist) leader Thapa told Nepal Press that the organization of ex-combatants, ex-servicemen and child soldiers has now joined the Oli-led CPN (Maoist). According to him, the cabinet has already decided that the government will bear the treatment of the injured ex-combatants.
Similarly, it was agreed to issue identity cards to the ex-combatants on behalf of the state and to integrate them in various state bodies and party structures, Thapa said. He said that it has been agreed to start the process immediately for the employment of one house of the martyr’s family.
Oli, who has been accusing Prachanda of bargaining only for his daughter and son-in-law by leaving the combatants stranded for his own life, had a discussion with former combatant commanders on Saturday.
Surya Thapa, Press Adviser to the Prime Minister, met the ex-combatants and said that the Prime Minister and the party chairman had misused their sentiments and that he would respect their contribution.
Quoting the Prime Minister, Thapa said, “Your contribution, sacrifice, sacrifice and dream of revolution during the People’s War is respected.” The leadership misused your feelings, and you came to the conclusion that you are right.
Oli urged former combatant commanders to join the party he led, saying they would solve their problems politically. Adholi had even said that he would not be deceived like Prachanda in the past.