Maoist blocs ‘close’ to merger

- POST REPORT, Kathmandu
Maoist blocs ‘close’ to merger

Dec 13, 2014-

The UCPN (Maoist) and the CPN-Maoist have got closer to merger, with leaders confirming that only the strategy pertaining to “revolution” remains unresolved.

The two parties are said to have agreed on five of the six points laid out as the basis for unification between the former rebels. Leaders said that the ongoing discussion between the top leaders could lead to a compromise on the disputed ideological agenda.

Mohan Baidya split the UCPN (Maoist) vertically in 2012 to form the CPN-Maoist. He had then objected to the “disgraceful” integration of their PLA fighters.

CPN-Maoist spokesperson Pampha Bhusal said there were positive signs from both sides, adding that the main contention is the political strategy.

“The political line endorsed by the UCPN (M)’s Hetauda Convention remains the only barrier to unification. We want the new party to adopt the new people’s revolution as the political principle, not socialist revolution they [the Dahal-led party] advocate,” said Bhusal. The Hetauda Convention had abandoned “New People’s Revolution” for “Socialist revolution”.

Talking to reporters, CPN-M General Secretary Ram Bahadur Thapa said earlier that the two parties had reached the “final” stage of unification. He said the Maoist parties were ironing out their strategic differences.

Leaders like Thapa and Bhusal are in favour of unification with the mother party while others including Vice-chairman CP Gajurel have objected to a “hasty and unjustifiable” union. CPN-M Chairman Mohan Baidya has not spoken openly about it but sources say he is in favour of a “dignified” merger.

Pro-merger voices have become dominant since party Secretary Netra Bikram Chand, a hardliner, defected with nearly a third of the central committee members.

Published: 14-12-2014 09:15

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