Bhattarai, Dahal factions exchange blames

- POST REPORT, Kathmandu

Aug 6, 2014-

Baburam Bhattarai faction of the UCPN (Maoist) has accused party Chairman Pushpa Kamal Dahal of shying away from the line of peace and constitution. An informal meeting of the Bhattarai faction on Wednesday concluded that the establishment side wants to provoke intra-party rift with the aim of disturbing the ongoing peace and constitution drafting process. Dahal supporters have dismissed this allegation terming it as the rival’s propaganda to cover up its anti-party activities.

Dahal ignored our request to put aside the party’s internal dispute until the promulgation of a new constitution and expelled the Central Committee members from our side, said Khimlal Devkota, who is close to Bhattarai. He accused that Dahal was attempting to split the party.  

Bhattarai is the chairperson of the Constituent Assembly’s (CA) Political Dialogue and Consensus Committee (PDCC), a CA’s powerful body with a crucial role in the constitution drafting process. The Bhattarai faction has said further rift in the party could also affect the constitution drafting.

On Monday, Dahal had expelled Ganga Narayan Shrestha and Ram Rijan Yadav from the party’s Central Committee. Bhattarai has asked Dahal to withdraw the decision, reasoning that it is only natural to have ideological debate among the party members.

The Dahal supporters, however, say that Bhattarai faction is violating party’s discipline and norms by forming parallel committees across the country. They say it is Bhattarai who is trying to part ways from the party after the promulgation of new constitution.

Haribol Gajurel, the leader close to Dahal, said Bhattarai wants to form a separate party, but not just now. Bhattarai fears that he could lost his position in the PDCC if the party splits at this juncture, he added. “Bhattarai cannot do anything as PDCC coordinator if he fails to gain the support of party chairman.”

Published: 07-08-2014 09:17

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