Print Edition - 2014-09-10 | Nation
Dahal side claims BRB forming parallel units
Sep 9, 2014-
The UCPN (Maoist) leadership has accused that the Baburam Bhattarai-led faction is still operating its parallel committees at the district level.
Although Bhattarai had earlier committed to dissolve all parallel organisational units formed by his supporters in different parts of the country, leaders close to party Chairman Pushpa Kamal Dahal claim the Bhattarai supporters are still at it. They say separate parallel committees are being formed in different parts of the country under Bhattarai’s instruction.
The Bhattarai supporters had recently set up a separate party office in Gorkha district. They defended their move saying it was under compulsion as the Dahal-aligned leaders in Gorkha were “intolerable to deal with”.
The Dahal-close leaders have warned such action could lead to the party split and have urged Bhattarai and his supporters to stop.
Earlier, the UCPN (Maoist) senior leaders Dahal, Bhattarai and Narayan Kaji Shrestha had agreed to resolve the ongoing ideological and organisational disputes within the party through a special general convention.
In recent times, the Bhattarai faction has been warning that the intra-party rift would widen if Dahal and his supporters do not agree to go for the special convention. The UCPN (Maoist) Central Committee meeting scheduled to take place on the third week of this month is expected to decide on the special meet.
“A meeting of the top leaders had reached a conclusion that running parallel activities within the party could lead towards party split,” said Devendra Poudel, leader close to Bhattarai. At the meeting, Poudel added, Bhattarai and Dahal had also reached an understanding to keep the party together until the promulgation of a new constitution.
Dahal’s relationship with Bhattarai is being tested at a time when he is making efforts to unite the breakaway CPN-Maoist, led by Mohan Baidya, and the UCPN (Maoist). Since the two parties have already formed a working alliance to press for their common agendas, Dahal is of the view that their unification is also possible.
In a clear manifestation of thaw in the icy relationship between the two parties, Dahal has taken a position in the cross-party negotiations buttressing the need for CPN-Maoist’s participation in the constitution drafting process.
Published: 10-09-2014 09:27