Contentions and differences arise within every society or group from time to time. However, we have provided a solid platform of development and prosperity through socialism, and have decided on a common vision for the future. I do not believe people will defect. If party members think that the process of unification has been biased, maybe there is room for doubts to arise. But as it stands, if members of the party believe in bringing prosperity to the people with the use of socialism as a platform, there is no reason to worry. Wherever unification is a possibility, we applaud it. But what I would tell Baidya and Biblav is that they should join our cause and unify into one communist party.
You said that it is important to give everyone responsibility in the unified party. However, Oli has been accused of making unilateral decisions, whether in the transfer of secretaries in government or allegedly pushing aside Madhav Kumar Nepal in the UML.
All leaders have their strengths and their weaknesses. The main thing is to strengthen the party. In this process, we might have to help some leaders adjust their ways. What I would like to mention is that completing unification will not be the cure-all for all issues. Contentions will be raised as pertains to the party or the nation. Just as we had to have a lot of discussions to reach an agreement to form the left alliance and move towards unification, issues will crop up when we implement strategies for development. The main goal here is to persevere to provide prosperity through socialism.
People have said that Oli bowed down during his recent visit to India. What is the view of Maoist Centre?
Perhaps people that held extremely high expectations from this trip were slightly disappointed. We held realistic expectations, and have no issues with how the PM handled the visit. A lot of people may have been disappointed because everything Oli discussed has not come out in public. People wonder whether he raised issues such as updating the 1950 treaty with India or solving problems in the Power Trade Agreement between the two countries. But as far as I understand, and from what the PM has told us, he did discuss these things with his Indian counterpart.