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Maoists resorting to proxy governance?

 

DHRUTIKAM MOHANTY | Bhubaneswar, May 7, 2012 13:35
Tags : proxy governance | Maoists | MLA Jhinna Hikaka | CPI-Maoists |democratic process |
 

Maoists resorting to proxy governance?Though Maoists swear they had nothing to do with political governance and are opposed to participating in democratic process, but the reality suggest otherwise.

The release of ruling party MLA Jhinna Hikaka from Maoist captivity suggests that red ultras seems interested in proxy governance.

Maoists had pressurized Hikaka to write a promise note in Praja Court (Maoists People's Court) that he would resign from the membership of legislative assembly, his party Biju Janata Dal ( BJD) and would work for the development of tribal people.

Political analyst Prashant Patnaik says, “Few days before the release of Hikaka it was being discussed in the political circles that Hikaka may be asked to resign in favour of Nachika Linga, the President of Chasi Mulia Adivasi Sangha (CMAS), a quasi-political organization fighting for tribal rights with active support from Maoists, as the MLA from Laxmipur in Koraput district. So in a way Hikaka's abduction was masterminded to place Nachika Linga as MLA.”

According to reports, CMAS, which has elected members in Panchayats, is virtually working as a frontal wing of CPI(Maoist) in Koraput and Malkangiri districts of Odisha.

CMAS-CPI (Maoist) links came to the fore as Maoists demanded release of jailed members of CMAS and withdrawal of all cases against its president Nachika Linga as a pre-condition for the release of abducted MLA.

Nachika Linga, who is on the run and features in most wanted list of state police, is facing over 60 cases, ranging from murder to waging war against the state.

Nachika’s recent statement to a TV channel revealed that Hikaka's abduction was a result of the failure of political deal between CMAS and ruling BJD.

“Our elected members voted for the BJD in Zilla Parishad elections on condition of fulfillment of certain demands like leniency against CMAS members who are in prison and enquiry into the alleged attack on a police station in Narayanpatna by CMAS activists etc. After we made them win, they forgot us,” alleged Nachika.

However, BJD and Hikaka have denied any such deal with CMAS. The abduction of Jhina Hikaka on March 23, a day before the election to the post of vice-president of Zila Parishad and subsequent Maoists' demand for release of jailed CMAS members, reveals that the whole episode was an outcome of power game.

An activist working in tribal areas for the last decade says on condition of anonymity, “ After being thrown out from Andhra and West Bengal, the Maoists are now eying Odisha to strengthen their base. They have planned to make Koraput and Malkangiri a ‘safe haven’ by establishing a proxy administration. And to a great extent, they have been successful in this purpose by sending their people in local self-bodies. Now they are focusing on state assembly. As CPI (Maoist) is outlawed in Odisha, they are operating through outfits like CMAS.”

Sandeep Sahu, an analyst on Maoist affairs adds, “So far it has not been confirmed whether the strategy of proxy participation in democratic process is either approved by the Central Committee of CPI ( Maoist) or not, but a section of Maoists are strategically working to pull the levers of political power in Koraput and Malkangiri.”

According to intelligence sources, not only Koraput, the outlawed CPI (Maoist) has also pushed its candidates as representatives of Panchayat in Malkangiri district. Around 32 Sarpanchs and 43 Panchayat Samiti members were believed to have support of the Maoists. Out of 87,000 odd elected ward members, around 2,500 are suspected to have ties with the red rebels.

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