Chand’s party in talks to convince ex-Maoist leaders

- POST REPORT, Kathmandu

Dec 7, 2014-

The newly formed CPN Maoist has approached former Maoist leaders, including Matrika Yadav and Mani Thapa, in a bid to woo them into joining the party.

The Netra Bikram Chand-led party, which broke away from the Mohan Baidya’s CPN-Maoist, is holding talks with former UCPN (Maoist) leaders who had formed their own party.

The two sides held the first round of talks to discuss prospects of working united.

“Our talks have been positive. But we are still far from striking a deal to bring them into the party,” said a CPN Maoist CC member.

Thapa also confirmed having talks with the party, but said it would still take a few more months before the unification bid could materialise. He had previously held similar talks with Maoist parties led by Baidya and Dahal without a result.

CPN Maoist leaders are trying to strengthen the foundation of the new party, incorporating former Maoist leaders, ex-PLA combatants and leadership of Maoist sister wings. The party leadership is also trying to win over those with extreme-left sentiment in the UCPN (Maoist), leaders said. The party constitutes about a third of the central committee members from the Baidya-led party.

Thapa, who was expelled from the Maoist party during the ‘People’s War’, currently heads the Nepal Communist Party-Revolutionary.  

Matrika Prasad Yadav, a prominent Madhesi face in the insurgency-era CPN (Maoist), became a Cabinet minister in the Dahal-led government. He split from the UCPN (Maoist) to form his own party named CPN (Maoist) in 2009. The two parties are in the working alliance of five Maoist parties.

Published: 08-12-2014 09:54

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