CPN-Maoist on the verge of split

- Roshan Sedhai, Kathmandu
CPN-Maoist on the verge of split

Nov 11, 2014-

The internal rift in the CPN-Maoist has reached boiling point with a faction led by Secretary Netra Bikram Chand calling a national gathering of supporters that leaders say could lead the former rebel force to another spilt.

The Chand faction has called two representatives from each district for a ‘crucial meeting’ on Wednesday, ignoring CPN-Maoist Chairman Mohan Baidya’s warning of disciplinary action. The two-day meeting is expected to be held in Butwal.

Chand and Khadga Bahadur Bishwokarma had boycotted the party’s politburo meeting that started on Monday, accusing the establishment faction of “ignoring” their demand for a central committee meeting.

In a statement on Tuesday, Baidya directed Chand to immediately stop factional politics or face action. The politburo meeting had concluded that some “responsible” leaders were acting against the party rules by boycotting the politburo meeting.

The meeting, which unanimously passed Baidya’s political document, has decided to hold a central committee meeting on November 15 and an extended central committee meeting thereafter.

Bishwokarma said that he boycotted the politburo meet as there was nothing new to discuss. “As we see, the party establishment is trying to merge the party with the UCPN (Maoist) [the mother party]. How can they say we are splitting the party while we have been sticking to its true ideology?” questioned Bishwokarma, neither confirming nor denying a split.

The two factions have been drifting apart after Chand challenged Baidya by presenting a separate political document titled “Unified people’s rebellion as a continuity of the People’s War” during the Central Committee meeting held on July 3. Baidya’s document spoke of launching a “popular revolt on the foundation of the People’s War”.

Sources from both the sides said a split is imminent as the gulf between the two factions has widened due to the growing aspirations of young leaders. Though Bishwokarma is the sole politburo member to support Chand, he has a huge following in the central committee. Most of the young leaders are former guerillas.

Chand is strong also in district committees and other wings including Civil Servants’ Union, trade unions, students’ union and journalists’ union. He had earlier challenged the party establishment by forming parallel panels in the districts and sister wings.

“He met district leaders across the country before challenging the establishment. He has considerable support at the central and lower levels to lead another revolutionary force,” said a CPN-M source.

Published: 12-11-2014 09:10

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