Bhattarai camp starts forming parallel structures

  • ucpn (maoist) rift
- KAMAL DEV BHATTARAI, Kathmandu

Jul 6, 2014-

The intra-party rift of the UCPN (Maoist) has surfaced again after senior leader Baburam Bhattarai-led faction began to form parallel organisational structures challenging party Chairman Pushpa Kamal Dahal.

Bhattarai affiliates argued that cadres at local level were compelled to form parallel committees as Dahal faction ‘suppressed’ their ideology and supporters. “Parallel committees are formed in some districts as leaders and cadres close to our camp are suppressed and denied party’s responsibilities,” said leader Devendra Poudel, close to Bhattarai.

After the Bhattarai faction intensified formation of separate committees, Dahal has intensified intra-party talks to prevent such moves. During the Central Committee and Standing meetings on Sunday, Dahal asked Bhattarai not to form parallel committees violating the party’s policy.

The rift between the two factions has surfaced two months after the party’s Central Committee patched up their differences. Dahal supporters say that the Bhattarai camp is forming parallel committees at grass-roots level with an ultimate purpose of splitting the party. Bhattarai supporters, however, argue that their voices are not being allowed to be discussed among party cadres. The CC meeting has decided that Bhattarai’s voices would be allowed to be discussed but he should abide by the party’s official decisions.

“Bhattarai faction is forming parallel committees against the CC decision and the chairman has asked to stop such activities,” said party Treasurer Haribol Gajurel. Though Dahal and Bhattarai announced that their dispute was settled for the time being, the same is not happening at the grass-roots level. On Sunday, Bhattarai  reportedly requested Dahal to take bold steps to reform the party but did not elaborate on the matter. He reiterated his previous position that the party should be transformed into a new political force. The  party is also holding nationwide training programmes for their cadres and its top leaders are attending such meetings to give an impression that party stands united.

Before the party split in 2012, the then Mohan Baidya-led faciton had also formed similar parallel structures. A few days ago, a document which proposes the parallel structures of Bhattarai faciton was leaked. Bhattarai, however, said they have no any intention of forming such parallel structures.

Published: 07-07-2014 08:44

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