Print Edition - 2014-09-16 | Nation
‘He put party’s welfare above all else’
Sep 15, 2014-
Post Bahadur Bogati, UCPN (Maoist) vice-chairman who died on Monday aged 62, was a close-aide of party Chairman Pushpa Kamal Dahal since the time of the Maoist insurgency in the country. Because of his soft and personable nature, Bogati was popular among all his party members. He was among the few leaders who did not pick a side but always stood for what was best for the UCPN (Maoist) whenever there were disputes among the party leaders.
“Comrade Bogati was an intellectual leader who always championed the party’s welfare. He never had a partisan view within the party and never supported one person. For him, the party always came first. His absence will be a huge loss for the UCPN (Maoist) which cannot be filled,” said Dahal.
Born in 1953 in Tupchhe VDC-2 of Nuwakot district, Bogati was the eldest of the six children of Bhairav Bahadur Bogati and late Lekh Kumari Bogati. He developed interest in communist ideology from early age. He became an official political party member in 1977 by joining the then Communist Party of Nepal led by veteran communist leader Pushpa Lal Shrestha. In the later years, Bogati went on to join the Masal Ekata Kendra, and in the early 1990s he became the member of CPN (Maoist) and participated in the armed rebellion.
In 2001, Bogati’s son, Ravi, was killed in a battle with the state security force. Despite losing his son, leaders close to Bogati said, he never lost his composure. He made many valuable contributions to the party which he continued until his last day, the leaders said.
After the UCPN (Maoist) joined the peaceful politics in 2008, Bogati became a member of the Constituent Assembly from Nuwakot constituency and subsequently assumed the post of the party’s chief whip. He also held two ministerial portfolios at the Ministry of Culture, Tourism and Civil Aviation and the Ministry for Information and Culture. In the second CA election, Bogati was defeated by Nepali Congress a candidate.
Before becoming the UCPN (Maoist) vice-chairman, he had held the positions of the party’s central committee member, politburo member, standing committee member and the general secretary. Bogati is survived by his wife and two daughters.
Published: 16-09-2014 09:17