Dahal ‘ready’ to sacrifice his post for unification

- POST REPORT, Kathmandu

May 15, 2014-

In a surprise disclosure, UCPN (Maoist) Chairman Pushpa Kamal Dahal has said that he is ready to hand over the party’s leadership to Mohan Baidya, the chairman of CPN-Maoist, if the two parties unite.  

Dahal, whose relations with his party’s senior leader Baburam Bhattarai have strained in the recent time, has reached out to the leader of the breakaway Maoist party and offered him a merger deal and the top post in the UCPN (Maoist) at a programme organised by the CPN-Maoist affiliated student body in Kathmandu on Thursday.

 Leaders close to Dahal, however, claimed the party’s chairman was only emphasising the importance of unification between the two Maoist and he was ready to make any sacrifice to that end. “The spirit of the statement is that the two Maoist parties should unite, and the party chairman is ready to give up his post if situation demands,” said UCPN (Maoist) leader Agni Sapkota.

Dahal had said in the programme that for unification’s sake, he was ready to give up his post to the man who had put him there in the first place. Twenty-two years ago, Baidya, the then party chief, had proposed his political protege Dahal to the post of the party’s general secretary and later the chairman.

In response to Dahal’s statement, Baidya said his party was ready to unite with the UCPN (Maoist), but stressed the need of political and ideological convergence between the two parties. Common sentiment alone, the CPN-Maoist chairman said, was not sufficient to bring the two parties together.  They should also share similar political ideology, he added.

Don’t occupy all vital posts, BRB to Dahal

KATHMANDU: Senior UCPN (Maoist) leader Baburam Bhattarai has requested the party’s Chairman Pushpa Kamal Dahal to step down as a Parliamentary Party leader and hand over the post to the young generation.

In a meeting with Dahal on Thursday, Bhattarai told Dahal that senior leaders should not occupy all the vital posts of the party. Bhattarai also advised Dahal to had over the PP leader’s post to Krishna Bahadur Mahara, said Bhattarai’s aide Biswodeep Pandey.

 Earlier, Dahal was nominated the PP leader with a view that a strong leadership was required in the Legislature-Parliament and Constituent Assembly to implement the party’s agenda. Dahal had also proposed Bhattarai to the post of the deputy PP leader. However, the proposal was rejected by Bhattarai, who has vowed not to hold any post in the party until the promulgation of a new constitution.

Dahal pledged Bhattarai to fulfill the conditions set by his side and urged the latter to join the party’s Central Committee. Among the conditions set by the Bhattarai faction to join the party’s CC include, adopting democratic culture in the party, transforming the war-era party structures and coming up with a clear party’s position on peace and constitution. The CC meeting has been called on Friday to discuss the demands of Bhattarai faction.

CPN-Maoist Chairman Mohan Baidya also called on Bhattarai to discuss the possibility of unification between two Maoist parties. Bhattarai told Baidya that the two parties could forge a working alliance on the issue of constitution and people’s agenda. The two leaders also discussed about the roundtable conference and contentious issues of the new constitution.

Published: 16-05-2014 07:50

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