CPN-M seeks clarification from Chand

- Roshan Sedhai, Kathmandu

Nov 16, 2014-

The CPN-Maoist demanded clarification from its Secretary Netra Bikram Chand and his supporters for promoting ‘factionalism’ in the party on Sunday, a day after the faction revealed about its meeting in Butwal.

The two-day Central Committee (CC) meeting concluded on Sunday, bluntly rejecting Chand faction’s demand for organising a special general convention in a month and granting voting rights to alternative CC members in the plenum scheduled for November 22, said CPN-M Vice-chairperson CP Gajurel.

“Since most of his [Chand’s] demands are irrational, there is no point in addressing them. There could be a discussion on his political document but the party has set specific date and place for it,” said Gajurel, without specifying the date.

Having held a two-day gathering in Shivagadhi village of Kapilvastu after skipping the party’s politburo meeting, the dissident faction did not attend the CC meet. The faction had decided to split the party if the establishment failed to provide “direction” for the party.

During the CC meet in July, Chand had challenged party Chairman Mohan Baidya by proposing an alternative vision of “unified rebellion”, stressing that the party should take more revolutionary approach to complete the “unfinished people’s war”.

Baidya’s paper, the official document of the party endorsed by the subsequent politburo and CC meets, talks about launching “people’s revolt on the foundation of the People’s War”.  Chand faction has been pressing the leadership to hold an open discussion on his document in the extended CC meeting.

Gajurel said the faction should furnish the clarification before entering into any discussions. In a statement, the party has asked the faction to correct the mistake and maintain discipline to carry the party forward.

CPN-Maoist leaders say the party establishment is likely to suspend Chand and his supporters. Gajurel, however, said the party would decide the course of action only after reviewing their statements.

“Those who want to reunite with the UCPN (Maoist) are plotting to eliminate us and the party ideology,” said a leader close to Chand.  “We will decide our way if they do not abide by the spirit with which the party was formed two years ago.”

Published: 17-11-2014 09:01

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