UCPN (Maoist) rift deepens

- POST REPORT, Kathmandu
UCPN (Maoist) rift deepens

Aug 5, 2014-

The UCPN (Maoist) is on the verge of a split after the rival factions stuck to their respective stances, with the senior leader Baburam Bhattarai faction continuing to form parallel structures within the party.

The party had suspended four leaders from the standing committee and central committee on Monday. Ganga Narayan Shrestha and Ram Rijan Yadav were suspended from the central committee for their involvement in forming parallel party organisations, while Devendra Poudel and Top Bahadur Rayamajhi were suspended from the standing committee member but shall remain in the central committee.

Denouncing the move, the Bhattarai faction has demanded immediate rectification of the decision. The faction has also announced the continuation of parallel structures within the party, signalling the widening gap between the two rival factions.

Leaders close to Bhattarai accused Dahal of instigating a party split in order to disturb the constitution drafting process. Dahal loyalists, on the other hand, say Bhattarai wants to split the party by projecting the former as anti-peace and anti-constitution.

Responding to Bhattarai faction’s demand, Dahal remains adamant to take action against the leaders who ‘violated the party’s discipline by forming parallel structures’.  

Kumar Poudel, a leader close to Bhattarai, blamed Dahal of trying to imbalance the party as the constitution writing process is seen to be running smoothly under Bhattarai’s guidance.

However, Dahal faction’s Haribol Gajurel claimed that Bhattarai has breached the party’s established norms and discipline by promoting parallel structures.

  The intra-party rift is at climax after Bhattarai faction formed parallel party structures in several districts “ with a view to eventually forming a separate party.” Bhattarai, in recent days, is said to be holding discussions in several districts with an aim to give birth to a new political force, miffing the Dahal faction.

Party leaders predict that the recent developments will lead to a party split, even though Dahal and Bhattarai had pledged to work together until the promulgation of the new constitution.

Bhattarai faction leaders have asked for a meeting of the central committee at the earliest to further discuss the crisis. “Action against the leaders is not a solution but we should rather discuss the issue together,,” said Devendra Poudel.

Published: 06-08-2014 08:50

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