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Dahal, Bhattarai decide to bury the hatchet
Jun 2, 2014-
UCPN (Maoist) Chairman Pushpa Kamal Dahal and Baburam Bhattarai reached an eight-point agreement on Monday, agreeing to settle their ideological and organisational differences that has been plaguing the party. The two leaders agreed to focus on rebuilding the party and working together for the promulgation of a progressive constitution.
They have compromised and agreed to sort out their grievances for the sake of the party’s unity, said leaders close to Bhattarai. As per the agreement reached between the two Maoist leaders, the ideological and organisational issues raised by Bhattarai will be forwarded to local level for deliberations among the the party leaders and cadres.
A set of code of conduct has also been drafted to make the discussions healthy inside the party. In return, Bhattarai faction has agreed to abide by the official decisions made by the party. The code of conduct bars the leaders to criticise the party’s immediate policy and programme. However, discussions could be held on ideological issues without affecting party’s tasks. It also states there will not be any form of disparity against the leaders who express differing opinions inside the party.
“There will be freedom to discuss about the ideology while maintaining the unity and uniformity in the tasks of the party,” said Devendra Poudel, a leader close to Bhattarai.
Dahal and Bhattarai factions also agreed to fix the date for the special general convention in the next the party meeting, a major demand of Bhattarai. Relations between Dahal and Bhattarai had reached a new low after the party’s General Convention last month.
Dissatisfied with Dahal’s leadership, Bhattarai and his supporters had boycotted the party’s internal elections for the Office Bearers, Standing Committee and Politburo recently.
Published: 03-06-2014 08:33