UCPN (M) convention sees division among party leaders

- BHIM GHIMIRE, BIRATNAGAR
UCPN (M) convention sees division among party leaders

May 2, 2014-

The national convention of the UCPN (Maoist) called to strengthen the party organisations has witnessed tensions and divisions among rival factions of the party.

The closed session of the convention was supposed to begin from 8 am but started at 5 pm after disagreement in several issues. There were disputes over the selection of representatives of more than a dozen districts due to the formation of parallel committees by rival factions.

 Parallel committees, which were formed due to altercation between Party Chairman Pushpa Kamal Dahal, and senior leaders Baburam Bhattarai and Narayan Kaji Shrestha, claimed legitimacy during the convention.

A source said that the closed session was delayed due to the Chief Secretary of the party central office Hitraj Pandey’s insistence to bar participants from district committees who had not paid levy fees. A party cadre said that Morang District Party Committee had not paid levy for the past 17 months. Party cadres, however, said the ideology differences between Dahal and Bhattarai might have caused the delay.

Party Spokesperson Dinanath Sharma ruled out the ideological differences between Dahal and Bhattarai as reported, citing minor managerial delays and levy row as the primary cause. Sharma said that a central committee meeting of senior political leaders was held to settle the disputes. “The issue regarding technical differences has found a way out. The organisational report and a proposal to amend the party’s statute will be presented in the session. We are on course to conclude the convention till Sunday,” he said, adding that further consultations will be hold on the report and propose after dividing 1,100 representatives into 22 groups for the purpose. Five party leaders including Post Bahadur Bogati, Devendra Poudel and Shiva Kumar Mandal are the presidium members. The party spokesperson also claimed that efforts are under way to amend the statute and pick a new leadership through consensus.

A group of the representatives from Dhanusha staged a sit-in in front of the city hall to protest the presidium’s act to prevent them from taking part in the session. The dissident group accused the presidium of violating the working procedure. A press statement signed by 23 of the protesters demanded annulment of the district convention.

Published: 03-05-2014 08:42

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