Communist Party of Nepal (Maoist) (2014)

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Not to be confused with the former Communist Party of Nepal (Maoist) from 1996–2009, currently named Communist Party of Nepal (Maoist Centre) from 2016 onwards, nor the new 2012 breakaway faction of CPN-M, led by Kiran. Also syntax matters; this party officially uses no dashes and uses parenthesis, though even local media may get it wrong.
Communist Party of Nepal (Maoist) (2014)
ChairmanNetra Bikram Chand
Political positionFar-left

Communist Party of Nepal (Maoist) (2014), officially abbreviated as CPN (M) but commonly mistaken in the media as CPN-M (Kiran's party), was formed in March 2014.


Echoing the 2012 split of Kiran's faction going by the name CPN-M, Netra Bikram Chand claimed "The Maoist revolt had grossly perverted by the time it arrived in Kathmandu from Rolpa. It is not possible to unite with the party that has strayed from the Maoist ideology"[1] and split faction from the CPN-M. The party has its core strength in the western parts of the country, especially the remote Far-Western Development Region, which gets regularly cut off from the rest of the nation due to monsoon and snowfall for months on end, and therefore is at particular risk for famines and malnutrition.

Since the new party does not base itself on a parliamentary (bourgeoisie) victory, CPN (M) have resorted to enforcing banda whenever the elected government does not heed to their demands, echoing the tactics of its predecessors, Kiran's CPN-M and the original CPN (M) in its early days, but resorting to even more extreme measures—using terrorist tactics and violence against the police and pro-feudal forces that defied the July 2015 strike, they have suffered from the misery of Nepali society and mostly count the innocent and poor as their class of recruitment, including those who have lost everything in the April 2015 Nepal earthquake.[2][3]

Border dispute protest[edit]

Despite support for anti-India efforts during the impasse, the Kathmandu's government and Chand's party have come to loggersheads as Chand's party has been marginalized from media, additionally having no official parliamentary presence. The party cadres have been torching cell phones towers (of Ncell) knocking them out of service in Dang Deukhuri District.[4] in addition to shutting down commercial traffic. Four strikes (banda) have been enforced by the party since its foundation, as of June 2016.[5] The party had initially called a peaceful protest to mark opposition to the Lipulek agreement, a bilateral India-China deal that did not include Nepal, over territory that Nepal claims is theirs, but occupied by India, but was ignored.


  1. ^ "UCPN (M) strayed from communist ideal: Chand | Top Stories". Retrieved 2015-07-25.
  2. ^ "Chand Maoist torch truck, motorcycle in Dhading | Top Stories". Retrieved 2015-07-25.
  3. ^ ""They burned my taxi while I was inside" | National". Retrieved 2015-07-25.
  4. ^ "Govt starts cracking down on Chand-led Maoist cadres". Retrieved 2018-02-21.
  5. ^ "Nepali Times | The Brief » Blog Archive » Making their presence felt". Retrieved 2018-02-21.

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