UCPN (M) CC meet begins today

- POST REPORT, Kathmandu

Dec 13, 2014-

The opposition UCPN (Maoist) is holding its Central Committee meeting from Sunday, discussing crucial agendas such as the constitution writing process and the party’s ideological and organisational matters.

The meet has been put off several times in the past owing to the differences between party Chairman Pushpa Kamal Dahal and senior leaders Baburam Bhattarai and Narayan Kaji Shrestha. The top leaders have sorted their differences.

The committee is likely to make its position on the key disputed constitutional issues clear and fix the limit of flexibility it can adopt in talks with other parties. The three Maoist leaders now do not have differences over the issues of the constitution drafting process.

On the organisational issue, they have agreed that the new ideology and the modality of leadership should be finalised through intensive discussions in a way to revive the party’s lost strength. The CC will set the date for the party’s general convention and the committee will be transformed into a general convention organising committee.

Dahal has agreed to go for collective leadership and that all the powers should not be concentrated on a leader. Top leaders believe the leadership should be transferred after a specified period. Though the party started the leadership debate a decade ago, it remains inconclusive. Bhattarai has been demanding that the current “Stalin-style leadership” should change.

Bhattarai said on Saturday that the question was not of leadership handover from one leader to another but developing a leadership system in the party. “Anyone could become the party chairperson after we develop a leadership system that can tackle new challenges and run the party,” he said.

About the ideology, leaders said the promulgation of the new constitution was a chapter of revolution, asking cadres and people to prepare for another. Bhattarai presses for a new ideology in order to bring all the communist parties together. After the leadership change, Bhattarai calls for a mechanism where the top leaders can contribute to the party. Currently, Bhattarai does not hold any position in party owing to differences with Dahal. Bhattarai supporters also lack party responsibilities.

The CC meet will also take decisions about assigning duties to leaders from all the factions. According to the agreement among the top leaders, Dahal will take the charge of shaping the party’s ideological position and Bhattarai will look after the organisational issues.

Published: 14-12-2014 09:15

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