To vote or not to vote is the question at conclave

  • Leaders at odds over selection of 99-member CC
To vote or not to vote is the question at conclave

May 4, 2014-

Top UCPN (Maoist) leaders are sharply divided over the procedure for selecting a 99-member Central Committee at the ongoing national convention of the party.

Chairman Pushpa Kamal Dahal is in favour of selecting CC members through direct election while senior leaders Baburam Bhattarai and Narayan Kaji Shrestha say they should be chosen in consensus reasoning that a vote will split the party further.

“The party is too young to select CC members through election as it’s only eight years since we joined peaceful politics,” said Maoist leader Devendra Poudel. A meeting of the top leaders that continued late into Sunday evening in Biratnagar failed to decide the selection process.

In Monday’s closed session, Dahal will address questions raised by leaders and cadres regarding his political document. After Dahal and senior leaders speak, the House will pass the political document presented by Dahal. Throughout Sunday, top leaders were in parleys to decide ways to address issues raised by Bhattarai and Shrestha over Dahal’s document.

The Bhattarai faction insists on announcing the date of the general convention to settle issues related to party organisation and ideology. But the Dahal faction does not want to declare the date immediately. During discussions on the political paper, convention representatives demanded that central members be elected directly.

Party spokesman Dinanath Sharma said the closed session has been postponed till 8 am on Monday. He added that all the 22 groups spoke on Dahal’s paper and the party statute on Sunday.

Representatives demanded financial discipline in the party while most young cadres spoke for electing CC members directly. The election committee has made public 1,007 names of representatives attending the convention.

Election panel coordinator Dharma Sheela Chapagain said the names were published as instructed by the party’s central committee. She said other election programmes would be published as decided later.

Bhattarai absent due to fever

Senior leader Baburam Bhattarai was absent in Sunday’s closed session citing health reasons. Spokesman Sharma said doctors had advised Bhattarai to take rest as he has been suffering from viral fever for the past few days. He remained at the hotel where he has been staying throughout the day.


Published: 05-05-2014 09:20

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