Mahara cuts short ‘official’ India visit

- POST REPORT, Kathmandu

Mar 4, 2015-

UCPN (Maoist) General Secretary Krishna Bahadur Mahara’s decision to cut short his visit to India has created a ripple inside the party. Mahara, who had gone to India with senior leader Baburam Bhattarai on Saturday to participate in a party programme, returned on Tuesday morning.

Party leaders say his return without completing the visit is meaningful as it was a six-day official tour. Bhattarai is scheduled to return on Thursday evening.

A source close to party Chairman Pushpa Kamal Dahal claimed that Mahara returned to Kathmandu as he felt humiliated after Bhattarai refused to incorporate him in meetings with Indian bureaucrats and politicians. After Mahara’s return, Bhattarai held crucial meetings with Indian Minister for External Affairs Sushma Swaraj and President Pranab Mukherjee. He also had a meeting with newly-elected Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal.

Mahara, however, downplayed his return saying that he came back due to an urgent party work. “I cut short the visit to attend a crucial party meeting and due to other issues,” Mahara told the Post. “While I was India, I attended all the meetings with Bhattarai,” he said. Leaders, however, said the meeting with Swaraj, Mukherjee and other politicians were predetermined. “There was no any urgent party task that is more important than crucial meetings in Delhi,” a leader close to Dahal said.

Published: 05-03-2015 08:29

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